Quotations From RHETA CHILDE DORR


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  • ...feminism never harmed anybody unless it was some feminists. The danger is that the study and contemplation of "ourselves" may become so absorbing that it builds by slow degrees a high wall that shuts out the great world of thought.
    Rheta Childe Dorr (1866-1948), U.S. journalist. A Woman of Fifty, 2nd. ed., ch. 16 (1924).

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  • I wrote a great deal of verse. In fact, every time I fell in love, which was rather often, I burst into the emotional sort of thing which is perennially salable.
    Rheta Childe Dorr (1866-1948), U.S. journalist. A Woman of Fifty, 2nd. ed., ch. 3 (1924). On being a very young woman writer on her own in New York City around the turn of the century. Eventually, after a failed marriage, she became a prominent journalist.

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  • ...a mind, if given only the best food never craves any other.
    Rheta Childe Dorr (1866-1948), U.S. journalist. A Woman of Fifty, 2nd. ed., ch. 13 (1924). On why she carefully controlled her son's childhood reading.

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  • ...I knew I wanted to be permanently self-supporting and I vaguely thought I might work somewhere in the realm of ideas. I felt that I had within me an undeveloped fount of ideas. I did not know exactly what my ideas were, but whatever they were I wanted to convert people to them.
    Rheta Childe Dorr (1866-1948), U.S. journalist. A Woman of Fifty, 2nd. ed., ch. 2 (1924). On growing up and envisioning her future in the late 1800s. She eventually became an important journalist, suffragist, and social reform advocate.

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  • ...women were fighting for limited freedom, the vote and more education. I wanted all the freedom, all the opportunity, all the equality there was in the world. I wanted to belong to the human race, not to a ladies' aid society to the human race.
    Rheta Childe Dorr (1866-1948), U.S. journalist. A Woman of Fifty, 2nd. ed., ch. 6 (1924). Reflecting on the women's rights movement of the second half of the nineteenth century and how she, as a young woman, reacted to it.

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  • The theory [before the twentieth century] ... was that all the jobs in the world belonged by right to men, and that only men were by nature entitled to wages. If a woman earned money, outside domestic service, it was because some misfortune had deprived her of masculine protection.
    Rheta Childe Dorr (1866-1948), U.S. journalist. A Woman of Fifty, 2nd. ed., ch. 2 (1924).

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  • Feminism, like Boston, is a state of mind. It is the state of mind of women who realize that their whole position in the social order is antiquated, as a woman cooking over an open fire with heavy iron pots would know that her entire housekeeping was out of date.
    Rheta Childe Dorr (1866-1948), U.S. journalist. A Woman of Fifty, 2nd. ed., ch. 16 (1924).

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  • ...feminism differs from reform of any kind, even franchise reform. Feminists, I should say, are not reformers at all, but rather intellectual biologists and psychologists.
    Rheta Childe Dorr (1866-1948), U.S. journalist. A Woman of Fifty, 2nd. ed., ch. 16 (1924).
  • There was never any question with me as to which I would choose, my boy or my work. I had to have both.
    Rheta Childe Dorr (1866-1948), U.S. journalist. A Woman of Fifty, 2nd. ed., ch. 5 (1924). Dorr was divorced when her son was very young and had to struggle to raise him alone.

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