Emma Goldman quote about freedom from Anarchism and Other Essays - Now, woman is confronted with the necessity of emancipating herself from emancipation, if she really desires to be free.
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Now, woman is confronted with the necessity of emancipating herself from emancipation, if she really desires to be free.
 Emma Goldman, Anarchism and Other Essays (1910). copy citation

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“The sun in all his light and glory was to rise upon a new world; in this world woman was to be free to direct her own destiny—an aim certainly worthy of the great enthusiasm, courage, perseverance, and ceaseless effort of the tremendous host of pioneer men and women, who staked everything against a world of prejudice and ignorance.
My hopes also move towards that goal, but I hold that the emancipation of woman, as interpreted and practically applied today, has failed to reach that great end. Now, woman is confronted with the necessity of emancipating herself from emancipation, if she really desires to be free. This may sound paradoxical, but is, nevertheless, only too true.
What has she achieved through her emancipation? Equal suffrage in a few States. Has that purified our political life, as many well-meaning advocates predicted?” source

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