Probably most of you don't know this but today is International Women's Day! I admit I didn't until I tuned in the Bitch Magazine website, where besides having a great name, the site provides interesting essays, commentary on media, politics, the arts as viewed through a women's lens. It also provides useful updates including regarding the aforementioned date. Did you also know that this has been a UN recognized day since 1911? Me either.
Anyway, to mark the day here is very brief excerpt from Mary Wollstonecraft's "A Vindication of Women's Rights" written in 1792. And still true, still true...
How many women thus waste life away the prey of discontent, who might have practised as physicians, regulated a farm, managed a shop, and stood erect, supported by their own industry, instead of hanging their heads surcharged with the dew of sensibility, that consumes the beauty to which it at first gave luster...? How much more respectable is the woman who earns her own bread by fulfilling any duty, than the most accomplished beauty!
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