I answer that every requisite in female economy is easily attained; and, with truth I can add, that when once attained, they require no further mental attention. Praise is sweet to the soul; we are immediately intoxicated by large draughts of flattery, which being plentifully administered, is to the pride of our hearts the most acceptable incense.
Pope, though clogged with an enervated body, and distinguished by a diminutive stature, could nevertheless lay claim to greatness of soul; and perhaps there are many other instances which might be adduced to combat so unphilosophical an opinion.
With reading and writing the only education typical for women of her time, Murray relied on the vast family library to teach herself history, philosophy, geography, and literature.
Without the stigma of race, and the history of conflict, fear of uprising and violence, and compensation for land taken and persons snatched, former European women could pinpoint precisely the grounds of difference between themselves and males.
The exquisite delicacy of the female mind proclaimeth the exactness of its texture, while its nice sense of honour announceth its innate, its native grandeur. May we not trace its source in the difference of education, and continued advantages?
Murray supported the theater, but she also sought to transform it: As their years increase, the sister must be wholly domesticated, while the brother is led by the hand through all the flowery paths of science. Thus, even as a young girl, she was painfully aware of the way her society circumscribed the aspirations of women.
Listen to the curses which Job5 bestoweth upon the day of his nativity, and tell me where is his perfection, where his patience—literally it existed not.
While educational opportunities for girls were rare, Murray was taught basic literacy and was provided with a fundamental knowledge of general subjects ranging from history to natural science.
Is it indeed a fact, that she hath yielded to one half of the human species so unquestionable a mental superiority? May we not trace its source in the difference of education, and continued advantages?
What can she do? Is it upon mature consideration we adopt the idea, that nature is thus partial in her distributions? She also edited, completed, and published his autobiography after his death. Throughout her writing, Murray addressed important social, political, and philosophical questions, and reflected intelligently about the culture of the new nation of which she was a part.
She experiences a mortifying consciousness of inferiority, which embitters every enjoyment. Is she single, she in vain seeks to fill up time from sexual employments or amusements. She believes that there is no room for women to improve and exercise their mental faculties by doing the same mindlessly repetitive tasks day in and day out.
While she was married Murray had devoted much time to writing, though avenues for publication were limited to her. Murray also published poetry.
Only three of her siblings survived into adulthood. Meantime she herself is most unhappy; she feels the want of a cultivated mind.
What mighty cause impelled him to sacrifice myriads of beings yet unborn, and by one impious act, which he saw would be productive of such fatal effects, entail undistinguished ruin upon a race of beings, which he was yet to produce.
Life and career[ edit ] Early life and family[ edit ] Judith Sargent was born on May 1,in Gloucester, Massachusettsto Winthrop Sargent and Judith Saunders as the first of eight children. Her original insight in her essay, "On Equality of the Sexes" is repeated by feminists today, Universalism[ edit ] Judith Sargent Murray was among the group of people in Gloucester, led by her father, Winthrop Sargent, who first embraced Universalism.
Yes, ye lordly, ye haughty sex, our souls are by nature equal to yours; the same breath of God animates, enlivens, and invigorates us; and that we are not fallen lower than yourselves, let those witness who have greatly towered above the various discouragements by which they have been so heavily oppressed; and though I am unacquainted with the list of celebrated characters on either side, yet from the observations I have made in the contracted circle in which I have moved, I dare confidently believe, that from the commencement of time to the present day, there hath been as many females, as males, who, by the mere force of natural powers, have merited the crown of applause; who, thus assisted, have seized the wreath of fame.
Retrieved 25 November But, suffer me to ask, in what the minds of females are so notoriously deficient, or unequal.___Judith Sargent Murray___ On the Equality of the Sexes On the Equality of the Sexes originally published in The Massachusetts Magazine, or, Monthly Museum of Knowledge and Rational Entertainment (March-April ) from Sharon M.
Harris, ed., Selected Writings of Judith Sargent Murray. Judith Sargent Murray "On the Equality of the Sexes" () Judith Sargent was raised in the liberal Gloucester, Massachusetts, household of a prominent sea captain; her father was a strong supporter of the Revolution and a delegate to the Massachusetts ratification convention on the Federal Constitution in Sargent studied at home alongside her.
Judith Sargent Murray works were an extensive series of essays and stories written under the male persona of "The Gleaner" as well as an essay entitled "On the Equality of the Sexes.
Jan 09, · This essay is an excerpt from an article ‘On the Equality of the Sexes’ published in Massachusetts Magazine in Judith Sargent Murray, the author, is a feminist writer who strived for the right and recognition of. Judith Sargent Murray’s essay “On the Equality of the Sexes” serves as a shining example of not only her brilliance, but the intelligence and ingenuity of all women.
A prominent essayist of the American republic, Judith Sargent Murray was an early advocate of women’s equality, access to education, and the right to control their earnings.
Her essay, “On the Equality of the Sexes,” was published a year before Mary Wolstonecraft’s renowned Vindication of the Rights of Women.Download