Monday, October 4, 2010

George Fox and Women's Rights - Mary J. Tabor, 1907.

"George Fox was the father of Women's Rights insisting in opposition to all the world, even of some of his own disciples, on the right of women to preach, to hold separate business meetings, and to control their property without interference from their husbands, as exemplified in his own case, when he was called into court on matters connected with his wife’s property, her daughter's husband "told the judges," says George Fox "that I had engaged never to meddle with my wife's estate received from Judge Fell, her first husband. The judges would hardly believe that any man would do so; whereupon he showed them the writing under my hand and seal, at which they wondered."

From this little seed sown by one man has grown the emancipation of the sex, until now we see women voting by hundreds of thousands in England, Scotland, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Wyoming, Colorado, Kansas, Utah, and Idaho.


It will be said I am writing a eulogy on George Fox and the Quakers. Not so. George Fox was not infallible, and the Quakers have their faults and plenty of them, butthey have also their virtues. "

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