n the hands of their physically stronger counterparts and tend mostly the home and the hearth, not to say that they could even if they wanted ,for power in the barbaric ages was the privilege of the brute . Neither could the vanquished classes, whatever the gender, theoretically come anywhere near it till the age of democracy ushered in by the thinkers and the educated classes of this world came to blossom. And education and knowledge, once it began to infiltrate the recesses of the kitchens, brought with it a desire for self determination and empowerment.
Though subservience of women to men is advocated by various religious texts, it is a sad fact that duties demanded in return are found fantastically wanting. On the other side, the premise that women are totally excluded from decision-making is also not true, acknowledged popularly in the phenomenon known as “pillow talk”. A notable example from a religious text is the case of the Pilate’s wife, a woman of better sense and judgment and goodness than her husband, advocating leniency for Jesus Christ who was under the sentence of crucifixion.[Mathew 12;34,KJV]. Similar instances abound in history, which perhaps if heeded to, would have made the world a vastly better place and perhaps saved it from many a catastrophe. “Do not put such unlimited power into the hands of the husbands. Remember all men would be tyrants if they could”, said Abigail Adams Abigail Adams Quotes . AbigailAdams (1744-1818) By Jone Johnson Lewis, About.com Guide
Interesting and amusing sallies for and against the cause were presented in the “Woman’s Wrongs” and the Woman’s Rights by Rev. John Todd [Todd] and the “Woman’s Wrongs” by Mary Dodge [Dodge] .
Early in the 18th century, the ideas promoted by Mary Astell , English philosopher in her epic letter Serious Proposal to Ladies, 1697,was one of the pioneers who led the charge saying [founded on Descartes theory of dualism which advocated that mind is not