Quotation by Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Let the girl be thoroughly developed in body and soul, not modeled, like a piece of clay, after some artificial specimen of humanity, with a body like some plate in Godey's book of fashion, and a mind after the type of Father Gregory's pattern daughters, loaded down with the traditions, proprieties, and sentimentalities of generations of silly mothers and grandmothers, but left free to be, to grow, to feel, to think, to act. Development is one thing, that system of cramping, restraining, torturing, perverting, and mystifying, called education, is quite another.
Elizabeth Cady Stanton (1815–1902), U.S. feminist, social reformer, and author. As quoted in The Female Experience, ch. 75, by Gerda Lerner (1977).

In a speech delivered on May 25, 1851, at the Woman's Rights Convention held in Akron, Ohio.
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