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Emma Goldman

“History tells us that every oppressed class gained true liberation from its masters through its own efforts. It is necessary that woman learn this lesson, that she realize that her freedom will reach as far as her power to achieve her freedom reaches.  It is therefore necessary for her to begin with her inner regeneration, to cut loose from the weight of prejudices, traditions, and customs. The demand for equal rights in every vocation of life is just and fair; but, after all, the most vital right is the right to love and be loved. Indeed, if partial emancipation is to become a complete and true emancipation of woman, it will have to do away with the ridiculous notion that to be loved, to be sweetheart and mother, is synonymous with being slave or subordinate. It will have to do away with the absurd notion of the dualism  of the sexes, or that men and women represent two antagonistic worlds.”

–Emma Goldman, “The Tragedy of Women’s Emancipation”