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Re: blaming the victim

Posted by Pliny the Elder on May 10, 2005 at 18:34:20

In Reply to: Re: blaming the victim posted by Historian on May 10, 2005 at 16:27:29:

Are we refering to the rights of women in Colonial America? If so, I believe you might be in error, as colonial women could own property...which is a right I'm fairly sure, was not extended to cattle.

Women and rights in Colonial America:

~1638 Margaret Brent, the first woman lawyer in America.She was involved in over 100 court cases in Maryland and Virginia, and was a major landowner as well. Governor Calvert chooses her as the executor of his Will.
~1655 Elizabeth Key, a slave, sues for her freedom in Virginia and wins.
~1745 In Pennsylvania, frontierswoman and poet Susanna Wright becomes a prothonotary of the colony, enhancing her stature as a legal counselor to her mostly illiterate neighbors, for whom she prepares wills, deeds, indentures and other contracts. She also serves as an arbitrator in property disputes.

In colonial America[...]Some women worked in professions and jobs available mostly to men. There were women doctors, lawyers, preachers, teachers, writers, and singer.

While women were clearly not at a par with men with respect to rights, it is not accurate to compare their civil rights with those of cattle.