Crystal Eastman


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Crystal Catherine Eastman (June 25, 1881 – July 8, 1928) was a lawyer, antimilitarist, feminist, socialist, and journalist. She is best remembered as a leader in the fight for women's right to vote, as a co-editor of the radical arts and politics magazine The Liberator, and as a co-founder of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom. more »

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  • Until women learn to want economic independence ... and until they work out a way to get this independence without denying themselves the joys of love and motherhood, it seems to me feminism has no ro...
    Crystal Eastman (1881-1928), U.S. social/political activist and author. The Birth Control Review (1918). On Women and Revolution, part 1 (1978).
  • I grew up confidently expecting to have a profession and earn my own living, and also confidently expecting to be married and have children. It was fifty-fifty with me. I was just as passionately dete...
    Crystal Eastman (1881-1928), U.S. social/political activist and author. "Mother-Worship," The Nation (March 16, 1927) [published anonymously]... On Wo...
  • No more astounding relic of the subjection of women survives in western civilization than the status of the prostitute.... In connection with what other illegal vice is the seller alone penalized, and...
    Crystal Eastman (1881-1928), U.S. social/political activist and author. "Justice for the Prostitute—Lady Astor's Bill," Equal Rights (September 1...
  • ''While American men are fighting to rid the old world of autocracy let American women set to and rid the new world of this intolerable old burden of sex ignorance.''
    Crystal Eastman (1881-1928), U.S. author and political activist. On Women and Revolution, part 1 (1978). From an article originally published in B...
  • ... it must be obvious that in the agitation preceding the enactment of [protective] laws the zeal of the reformers would be second to the zeal of the highly paid night-workers who are anxious to hold...
    Crystal Eastman (1881-1928), U.S. social/political activist and author. "Equality or Protection," Equal Rights (March 15, 1924). On Women and Revoluti...
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