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Ideas of Mary Astell, by Text

[British, 1666 - 1731, Lived quietly in Newcastle-upon-Tyne.]

1694 A Serious Proposal to the Ladies I
p.118 If men are born free, are women born slaves?
     Full Idea: If all men are born free, how is it that all women are born slaves?
     From: Mary Astell (A Serious Proposal to the Ladies I [1694]), quoted by Johanna Oksala - Political Philosophy: all that matters Ch.9
     A reaction: What a magnificent question for such an early date. She is said to have been the 'first British feminist'. It is not just a feminist point, but a strong objection to the idea that anyone is 'born free'. Because there is no way to tell if it is true.