Quotation by Margaret Fuller

Were the destiny of woman thus exactly marked out, did she invariably retain the shelter of a parent's or guardian's roof till she married, did marriage give her a sure home and a protector, were she never liable to be made a widow, or, if so, sure of finding immediate protection from a brother or new husband, so that she might never be forced to stand alone one moment, and were her mind given for this world only, with no faculties capable of eternal growth and infinite improvement, we would still demand of her a far wider and more generous culture than is proposed by those who so anxiously define her sphere.
Margaret Fuller (1810–1850), U.S. author, literary critic, journalist. Quote, September 30, 1845, from New York Daily Tribune article. Brilliant Bylines, p. 8, Barbara Belford, Columbia University Press, New York (1986).
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