Harriet Martineau

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If a test of civilization be sought, none can be so sure as the condition of that half of society over which the other half has power.

Harriet Martineau (June 12, 1802June 27, 1876) was an English writer and philosopher, renowned in her day as a controversial journalist, political economist, abolitionist and life-long feminist.

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  • If a test of civilization be sought, none can be so sure as the condition of that half of society over which the other half has power.
    • Women, vol. 3, Society in America (1837)
  • For my own part, I had rather suffer any inconvenience from having to work occasionally in chambers and kitchen ... than witness the subservience in which the menial class is held in Europe.
    • Occupation, vol. 3, Society in America (1837)
  • Fidelity to conscience is inconsistent with retiring modesty. If it be so, let the modesty succumb. It can be only a false modesty which can be thus endangered.
    • Women, vol. 3, Society in America (1837)
  • What office is there which involves more responsibility, which requires more qualifications, and which ought, therefore, to be more honourable, than that of teaching?
    • Occupation, vol. 3, Society in America (1837)

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