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The Fight to be Female

By Julia Hughes Jones

“Girls begin to talk and to stand on their feet sooner than boys because weeds always grow up more quickly than good crops” — Martin Luther, 1533.

When I first read the above quotation several decades ago, I wanted to know why anyone would say such a thing. What I discovered is that Martin Luther’s reflection was, and continues to be, the echo of ancient philosophical and theological conjecture about female inferiority. Luther was primed to believe this fallacy by centuries of both great and small minds that came before him.

Not much has changed in the years between Luther’s observation and the present day. The female half of humanity continues to be defined by limitations in politics, religion, and business because an undercurrent of belief in female inferiority persists, sometimes blatantly, oftentimes unthinkingly.

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