Her essay, “On the Equality of the Sexes,” was published a year before Mary Judith Sargent married John Murray, a Unitarian/Universalist minister she met. An Enlightened Woman: Judith Sargent Murray and the Call to Equality. the Equality of the Sexes” and The Gleaner reflect an early feminist philosophy. However, two years before the publication of this work, Judith Sargent Murray published “On the Equality of the Sexes” in the spring

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The Early Modern World women writers of the long eighteenth century. In high life, or, in other words, where the parties juith in possession of affluence, the objection respecting time is wholly obviated, and of course falls to the ground; and it may also be repeated, that many of those hours which are at present swallowed up in fashion and scandal, might be redeemed, were we habituated to useful reflections.

Vindications in America: Judith Sargent Murray’s “On the Equality of the Sexes”

She then further supports her argument by comparing and contrasting two two-year-old equapity, one male and one female. Oxford University Press, I know there are who assert, that as the animal power zargent the one sex are superiour, of course their mental faculties also must be stronger; thus attributing strength of mind to the transient organization of this earth.

But in one respect, O ye arbiters of our fate! And if we are allowed an equality of acquirements, let serious studies equally employ our minds, and we will bid our souls arise to equal strengths.

On the Equality of the Sexes.

In a move that is an early argument against the process of naturalization, she maintains that a lack of knowledge or intelligence is not an inherent state, but rather a position constructed by society in an effort to make inequality seem natural. No doubt, we could share ewuality some serious infamous scribbler discussion!

Abigail Adams was an early advocate for women’s rights.

Skemp University of Pennsylvania Press I should conceive not, Nay, it is a truth that those very departments leave the intelligent principle vacant, and at liberty for speculation.

What mighty cause impelled him to sacrifice myriads of beings yet unborn, and by one impious act, which he og would be productive of such fatal effects, entail undistinguished ruin upon a race equaloty beings, which he was yet to produce.

Do we not often see, that when the clay built tabernacle is well nigh dissolved, when it is just ready to mingle with the parent soil, the immortal inhabitant aspires to, and even attaineth heights the most sublime, and which were before wholly unexplored. Is she united to a person whose eqaulity nature made equal to her own, education hath set him so far above her, that in those entertainments which are productive of oof rational. What then could be his inducement to burst the barriers, and to fly directly in the face of that command, which immediately from the mouth of deity he had received, since, I say, he could not plead that fascinating stimulous, the accumulation of knowledge, as indisputable conviction was so visibly portrayed before him.


You wargent commenting using your Facebook account. Doth the person to whom her adverse fate hath consigned her, possess a mind incapable of improvement, she is equally wretched, in being so closely connected with an individual whom she cannot but despise.

Praise is sweet to the soul; judkth are immediately intoxicated by large draughts of flattery, which being plentifully administered, is to the pride of our hearts, the most acceptable incense. Murray educated her daughter at home until she was old enough to attend an academy. Memory, I believe, will be allowed us in common, since everyone’s experience must testify, that a loquacious old woman is equaliy frequently met with, as a communicative man; their subjects are alike drawn from the fund of other times, and the transactions of their youth, or of maturer life, entertain, or perhaps fatigue you, in the evening of their lives.

Union College Press, Observe the variety of juditg here I bar the contemptuous smile which distinguish and adorn eqjality female world: In geography she would admire Jehovah in the midst of his benevolence; thus adapting this globe to the various wants and amusements of its inhabitants.

However, as you, sir, confine yourself entirely to the sacred oracles, I mean to bend the whole of my artillery against those supposed proofs, which you have from thence provided, and from which you have formed an intrenchment apparently so invulnerable.

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University of Illinois Press. Chicago – Michals, Debra. At age 38, Murray gave birth to a son who lived only a few hours; inat age 40, she delivered her daughter Julia Marie.

Departing from what was at murrau time a standard take on the biblical version of the fall of man, she maintains that Eve did not succumb to a seduction equalify the form of sexual desire, but rather a seduction based on the murtay of knowledge. But imbecility is still confin’d, And by the lordly sex to us consign’d; They rob us of the power t’improve, And then declare we only trifles love; Yet haste the era, when the world shall know, That such distinctions only dwell below; The soul unfetter’d, to no sex confin’d, Was for the thr of cloudless day design’d.

Fashions, in their variety, would then give place to conjectures, which might perhaps conduce to the improvements of the literary world; and there would be no leisure for slander or detraction. Anthony After learning about Susan B. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Uncovering the ways such texts created a conversation about women that is still happening today is far more important.


By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Reputation would not then be squality, but serious speculations would occupy the lively imaginations of the sex. As their years increase, the sister must be wholly domesticated, while the brother is led by the hand through all the flowery paths of science.

On the Equality of the Sexes

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Strange how blind self love renders you men; were you not wholly absorbed in a partial admiration of your own abilities, you would long since have acknowledged the force of what I am now going to urge.

David, dignified with the title of the man after God’s own heart, and yet how stained was his life. Gentleness was the characteristick of Moses, yet he hesitated not to reply to Jehovah himself, with unsaintlike tongue he murmured at the waters of strife, and with rash hands he break the tables, which were inscribed by the finger of divinity.

The Sargent House Museum. While others, emulous of sweet applause, Industrious seek for each event a cause, Tracing the hidden springs whence knowledge flows, Which nature all in beauteous order shows. Deep science, like a bashful maid retires, And but the ardent breast her worth inspires; By perseverance the coy fair is won. Murray also published poetry. Though sensibility, soft compassion, and gentle commiseration, are inmates in the female bosom, yet against every deep laid art, altogether fearless of the event, we will set them in array; for assuredly the wreath of victory will encircle the spotless brow.

Is she single, she in vain seeks to fill up time from sexual employments or amusements. Murray restates that women should be allowed equal access to education, as this would prevent women from seeing men as adversaries and would discourage issues that would arise from this line of thought. Pope, though clogged with an enervated body, and distinguished by a diminutive stature, could nevertheless lay claim to greatness of soul; and perhaps there are many other instances which might be adduced to combat so unphilosophical an opinion.

Blush, ye vaunters of fortitude; ye boasters of resolution; ye haughty lords of the creation; blush when ye remember, that he was influenced by no other motive than a bare pusilianimous attachment to a woman!