Woman in the Nineteenth Century

by Margaret Fuller


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I solicit a sincere and patient attention from those who open the following pages at all. I solicit of women that they will say it to heart to ascertain what is for them the liberty of law. It is for this, and not for any, the largest, extension of partial privileges that I seek. I ask them, if interested by these suggestions, to search their own experience and intuitions for better, and fill up with fit materials the trenches that hedge them in. From men I ask a noble and earnest attention to anything that can be offered on this great and still obscure subject, such as I have met from many with whom I stand in private relations.

And may truth, unpolluted by prejudice, vanity or selfishness, be granted daily more and more as the due of inheritance, and only valuable conquest for us all!

November, 1844

- Margaret Fuller, from the Preface to Woman in the Nineteenth Century

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