called by Mrs. Josephine Butler
to protest against the legalizing of vice in England
“At the Congress
to-day — spoke in French
.... I spoke of the two sides, active and passive, of human nature, and of the tendency of the education given to women to exaggerate the passive side of their character, whereby they easily fall victims to temptation.
Spoke of the exercise of the intellectual faculties as correcting these tendencies — education of women in America
Coeducation and the worthier relations it induces between young men and women.
Said, where society thinks little of women, it teaches them to think little of themselves.
Said of marriage, that Milton
's doctrine, ‘He for God only, she for God in him,’ was partial and unjust.
“Ce Dieu, il faut le mettre entre les deux, de maniere que chacun des deux appartienne premierement à Dieu
, puis tous les deux l'un de l'autre.””
“Wish to take up what Blank said to-day of the superiority of man. Woman being created second.
That is no mark of inferiority.
Shall say, this doctrine of inequality very dangerous.
Inferior position, inferior education, legal status, etc. Doctrine of morality quite opposite.
If wife patient and husband not, wife superior — if wife chaste, husband not, wife superior.
Each indispensable to each other, and to the whole.
Gentlemen, where would you have been if we had not cradled and tended you?”
.... Just before the end of the meeting Mr. Stuart
came to me and said that Mrs. Butler