With a generous endowment of motherhood provided by legislation, with all laws against voluntary motherhood and education in its methods repealed, with the feminist ideal of education accepted in home and school, and with all special barriers removed in every field of human activity, there is no reason why woman should not become almost a human thing. It will be time enough then to consider whether she has a soul.
Crystal Eastman (1881–1928), U.S. social/political activist and author. "Now We Can Begin," The Liberator (December 1920). On Women and Revolution, part 1 (1978).
Earlier that year, American women had gained the constitutional right to vote, ending a 72-year struggle for suffrage. But it was still illegal to disseminate information about birth control. Eastman believed that it was "idle to talk of real economic independence for women" until they were granted "adequate economic reward from the political government" for child- rearing—hence, the demand for a "generous endowment of motherhood."