I think it a much wiser thing to secure for the thousands of mothers in this State the legal control of the children they now have, than to bring others into the world who would not belong to me after they were born.
Susan B. Anthony (1820–1906), U.S. suffragist. As quoted in The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony, ch. 7, by Ida Husted Harper (1898).
Anthony said this in 1854, on being told that she should marry and have children. She was referring to the fact that married women enjoyed few legal rights; they did not have equal say in decisions regarding their children and lost custody of them in case of divorce.