“It is best for us to continue in the belief that Eve actually ate an apple, and immediately ruined Adam in consequence! I like this belief, too, it speaks so well for the progressive power of women.
The balance of power between men and women is swaying somewhat, I think. What will the world come to if an even intellectual basis is established between us? Every man of you knows that (sub rosa) we women pull the wires of your physical and moral natures. What you are in character, for good or bad, depends on the little inferior creatures you chuck under the chin, or tuck under the arm, or beat black and blue, or slobber with kisses.” – Elizabeth Drew Stoddard, 26 July 1857, ‘Early journalism’, in The Morgesons and Other Writings