Rational creatures and free citizens
the language of politics in the eighteenth-century debate on women
Brown, Susan E.
Historical Papers [Canada]
Discusses debates on the rights of women in the 1790's in England, contrasting the positions of radicals and conservatives. In the use of political concepts such as liberty, equality, and rights applied to women, each side defined these terms on the basis of their own presuppositions. For radicals, these terms were a call for political reform; for conservatives they represented the importance of women as moral reformers in the home whose influence would lead into civil society.