Sunday, May 23 marks the bicentennial of the birth of Margaret Fuller: religious radical, political revolutionary, social reformer, forceful advocate of women's rights and life-long Unitarian.
Fuller's ideas were well ahead of their time:
It is therefore that I would have woman lay aside all thought, such as she habitually cherishes, of being taught and led by men. I would have her, like the Indian girl, dedicate herself to the Sun, the Sun of Truth, and go no where if his beams did not make clear the path. I would have her free from compromise, from complaisance, from helplessness,because I would have her good enough and strong enough to love one and all beings, from the fulness, not the poverty of being.—From Woman in the Nineteenth Century (1845)
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