Ellen Key


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Ellen Karolina Sofia Key (December 11, 1849 – April 25, 1926) was a Swedish difference feminist writer on many subjects in the fields of family life, ethics and education and was an important figure in the Modern Breakthrough movement. She was an early advocate of a child-centered approach to education and parenting, and was also a suffragist.

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  • ''Corporal punishment is as humiliating for him who gives it as for him who receives it; it is ineffective besides. Neither shame nor physical pain have any other effect than a hardening one.''
    Ellen Key (1849-1926), Swedish author, feminist. The Century of the Child, ch. 7 (1909).
  • ''The emancipation of women is practically the greatest egoistic movement of the nineteenth century, and the most intense affirmation of the right of the self that history has yet seen.''
    Ellen Key (1849-1926), Swedish author, feminist. The Century of the Child, ch. 2 (1909).
  • ''The educator must above all understand how to wait; to reckon all effects in the light of the future, not of the present.''
    Ellen Key (1849-1926), Swedish author, feminist. "The Conventional Woman," The Morality of Woman and Other Essays (1911).
  • ''Love is moral even without legal marriage, but marriage is immoral without love.''
    Ellen Key (1849-1926), Swedish author, feminist. "The Morality of Woman," The Morality of Woman and Other Essays (1911).
  • ''Not observation of a duty but liberty itself is the pledge that assures fidelity.''
    Ellen Key (1849-1926), Swedish author, feminist. "The Morality of Woman," The Morality of Woman and Other Essays (1911).
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