Crystal Eastman


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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 roots.''
    Crystal Eastman (1881-1928), U.S. social/political activist and author. The Birth Control Review (1918). On Women and Revolution, part 1 (1978).
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  • ''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 not the buyer?''
    Crystal Eastman (1881-1928), U.S. social/political activist and author. "Justice for the Prostitute—Lady Astor's Bill," Equal Rights (September 19, 1925). On Women and Revolution, part 1 (1978). In England, prostitution was not technically illegal, but prostitutes were routinely arrested and convicted of "solicitation, loitering, etc." Lady Astor had introduced in the House of Commons a bill for "Repeal of the Solicitation Laws."
  • ''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 Birth Control Review (January 1918) during World War I. To dispense information about birth control was then illegal.
  • ''A good deal of tyranny goes by the name of protection.''
    Crystal Eastman (1881-1928), U.S. social/political activist and author. "Equality or Protection," Equal Rights (March 15, 1924). On Women and Revolution, part 1 (1978).
  • ''It is all right for the lion and the lamb to lie down together if they are both asleep, but if one of them begins to get active it is dangerous.''
    Crystal Eastman (1881-1928), U.S. social/political activist and author. The World (June 27, 1926). On Women and Revolution, part 1 (1978).
  • ''If the feminist program goes to pieces on the arrival of the first baby, it's false and useless.''
    Crystal Eastman (1881-1928), U.S. social/political activist and author. On Women and Revolution, part 1 (1978). Written in 1920, the same year that the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution took effect, enfranchising women after a 72-year struggle for suffrage.
  • ''I would not have a woman go to Congress merely because she is a woman.''
    Crystal Eastman (1881-1928), U.S. social/political activist and author. Quoted in an article by Elisabeth Smith, which was reprinted in the appendix to this edition of Eastman's writings: "Feminist for Equality, Not 'Women as Women'," New York Telegram and Evening Mail (October 31, 1924). On Women and Revolution, Appendix (1978). Eastman was secretary of the Women for Congress Campaign Committee of the National Woman's Party (NWP) and was explaining that she supported the NWP's candidates only because they were capable people and because the NWP strongly backed the Equal Rights Amendment to the Constitution (which was never passed). Only four years earlier, the Nineteenth Amendment to the Constitution had taken effect, enfranchising American women after a 72-year struggle for suffrage.
  • ''Indifference is harder to fight than hostility, and there is nothing that kills an agitation like having everybody admit that it is fundamentally right.''
    Crystal Eastman (1881-1928), U.S. social/political activist and author. "Personalities and Powers: Alice Paul," Time and Tide (July 20, 1923). On Women and Revolution, part 1 (1978). . . .
  • ''I am not interested in women just because they're women. I am interested, however, in seeing that they are no longer classed with children and minors.''
    Crystal Eastman (1881-1928), U.S. social/political activist and author. Quoted in an article by Elisabeth Smith, which was reprinted in the appendix to this edition of Eastman's writings: "Feminist for Equality, Not 'Women as Women'," New York Telegram and Evening Mail (October 31, 1924). On Women and Revolution, appendix (1978).
  • ''It is not so much that women have a different point of view in politics as that they give a different emphasis. And this is vastly important, for politics is so largely a matter of emphasis.''
    Crystal Eastman (1881-1928), U.S. social/political activist and author. "A Matter of Emphasis," Time and Tide (June 5, 1925). On Women and Revolution, part 1 (1978). American women had gained the right to vote only five years earlier.

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