Saturday, January 28, 2006

We've come a long way

An 1872 quote from the Supreme Court of the United States:

It is true that many women are unmarried and not affected by any of the duties, complications, and incapacities arising out of the married state, but these are exceptions to the general rule. The paramount destiny and mission of woman are to fulfill the noble and benign offices of wife and mother. This is the law of the Creator. And the rules of civil society must be adapted to the general constitution of things, and cannot be based upon exceptional cases.


They were denying Myra Bradwell the right to practice law in Illinois.

4 comments:

Freebird said...

You know what they say, well-behaved women rarely make history.

True, very true.

suessy said...

Hello, thanks for dropping by! It's a first to get a comment from somebody else across the globe, well, one who's not posting any ad, though. I'm sorry about Metisse. I let my cat, Dylan, go a few months back. Still haven't found a nu one to sleep with at night. Cheerio! ;-).

eaf said...

Wow. Hard to believe we live in the same country that Supreme Court existed in.

Although I will attest that "wife" and "mother" are definitely jobs. :-)

Cathy said...

"It is true that many women are unmarried and not affected by any of the duties, complications, and incapacities arising out of the married state"

How sad is it that it used to be felt that a woman's "paramount destiny" was to live a life of duty, complications and incapacities? What is even sadder is that this was written by men who were supposed to love their wives yet felt it OK that those wives lived such lives.

Guess we showed them huh?