Constitutional Equality a Right of Woman
by Tennessee Claflin Cook (9780217821292)

Constitutional Equality a Right of Woman
Tennessee Claflin Cook
Release Date: 10 December 0140
Format: Paperback
Pages: 56
Category: Civil Rights
ISBN: 9780217821292
ISBN-10: 0217821294

Purchase of this book includes free trial access to where you can read more than a million books for free. This is an OCR edition with typos. Excerpt from book: WOMAN AS THE REFORMER. NO RESTRICTIONSIN THIS SPHERE?WHY SHOULD THERE BE IN OTHERS ? ?TURKEY AND UTAH?THE BASIS OF REFORM. la no department of civilization can woman exert so much influence as in that usually denominated reform, though, strictly speaking- there is no meaning in the term. In this specific department her lacking equality does not militate so greatly against her general usefulness as in most other spheres. To all the requirements of this situation she is allowed admission, and is recognized in her true relations therein. When woman is herself the unfortunate, who lingers among the lower and barbaric forms of civilization, it is true that her degradation seems of greater depth than that of man does, when sunk in equal filth; it is also true, that greater effort is required to encourage her to grow out of such conditions than man usually requires. We have often thought that this grows out of the fact that the scales of justice in which society weighs woman are fearfully loaded against her, and that double depth of iniquity in man does not weigh so heavily, nor damn him so much, as one-half the depth in woman. A single false step, socially, is sufficient to stain woman's whole after life, and to exclude her most rigorously from the society of woman; but man may continuously mingle with the society constituted of those thus excluded with impunity. The verdict of society is, that man does not become defiled by contact with impurity, but that woman does, and when once defiled, the stain is too deep to be ever eradicated. It is not man, however, who is thus inconsistent?who thus proposes one rule for himself and another totally different for woman It is herself that does it, but the condition itself comes from quite another direction. It comes from the inequalit...

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