The Feminist View
SO LONG AS ANY WOMAN IS DENIED THE RIGHT TO HER OWN LIFE AND HAPPINESS, NO MAN HAS A RIGHT TO HIS; AND EVERY MAN WHO WALKS FREELY IN HIS MAN'S WORLD, WALKS ON AN IRON FLOOR, WHEREUNDER, BOUND AND FLUNG INTO HER DUNGEON, LIES A WOMAN-SLAVE.
-- Floyd Dell, "Confessions of a Feminist Man"
NO MORE MAN'S OUTWORN CHIVALRY WHERE ASKED,
BUT EQUAL RIGHT TO LABOR AND BE FREE
TO LOVE BECAUSE OF LOVE, TO CHOOSE OUR TASK,
TO HALVE THE BURDENS OF HUMANITY.
-- Harry Kemp, "A Feminist Song"
Throughout recorded history, there have been women who questioned the cultural definition imposed upon them. Abigail Adams asked her husband John why women were not included in the Declaration's famous statement, "All men are created equal." Englishwoman Mary Wollstonecraft was so inspired by the French Revolution that she wrote a fiery document vindicating the rights of women. Indeed, a revolutionary time has always been a natural and logical time for intelligent, sensitive women to wonder why the public fervor for social justice and human equality never included their