Lydia Maria Child

Lydia Maria Child was a prominent women’s rights activist from the 1800’s who also believed in abolishing slavery. She published multiple books including Letters From New York, a collection of her columns.

“That women in general do not feel this kind of flattery to be an insult, I readily admit; for, in the first place, they do not perceive the gross chattel-principle.”

Lydia Maria Child fought against the way men treated women as objects and property, and having “melting eyes” and “rosy lips.” She believed that in order for progress to be made for women, slavery had to be abolished. She also felt that women and slaves were alike because they were treated as property and inferior to men. This quote shows how women needed not to accept the objectifying from men and the name calling in order to make progress in gaining rights. It demonstrates the relation she believed slaves and women had.

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2 Responses to Lydia Maria Child

  1. Sam Prout says:

    I liked the emphasis on women’s rights, Her feminism and advocation for women’s rights paved the way for women to be treated differently and it is shown through that quote. I liked this passage.

  2. 13ans says:

    I think it interesting that feminism and slavery are two different things, however Lydia Marie Child was able to show people the similarities between them and unite as a force.

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