Quotation by Elizabeth Cady Stanton

Woman has relied heretofore too entirely for her support on the needle—that one-eyed demon of destruction that slays thousands annually; that evil genius of our sex, which, in spite of all our devotion, will never make us healthy, wealthy, or wise.
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. Commercial sewing work was always available to women, but it was poorly paid, the hours were long, and the working conditions were destructive of health and eyesight.
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