Mary Putnam Jacobi


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Mary Corinna Putnam (August 31, 1842 – June 10, 1906) was an American physician, writer, and suffragist who was the first woman admitted to the Faculté de Médecine de Paris.

The daughter of George Palmer Putnam and Victorine Haven Putnam, she was born in London, where her father had been living since 1841 while establishing a branch office for his New York City publishing company, Wiley... more »

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  • ... the danger of illicit sex influences is, and always has been, in inverse proportion to the degree to which women approximated to equality with men, in social dignity and in opportunity for public ...
    Mary Putnam Jacobi (1842-1906), U.S. suffragist. Ch. 3 (1894). By "illicit sex influences," Jacobi meant prostitution.
  • It is one thing to say, "Some men shall rule," quite another to declare, "All men shall rule," and that in virtue of the most primitive, the most rudimentary attribute they possess, that namely of sex...
    Mary Putnam Jacobi (1842-1906), U.S. suffragist. Ch. 4 (1894).
  • ... spinsterhood [is considered to be] an abnormality of small proportions and small consequence, something like an extra finger or two on the body, presumably of temporary duration, and never of any ...
    Mary Putnam Jacobi (1842-1906), U.S. suffragist. Ch. 2 (1894).
  • ''... men, accustomed to think of men as possessing sex attributes and other things besides, are accustomed to think of women as having sex, and nothing else.''
    Mary Putnam Jacobi (1842-1906), U.S. suffragist. Ch. 5 (1894). On men's opposition to women's rights, especially suffrage.
  • Even American women are not felt to be persons in the same sense as the male immigrants among the Hungarians, Poles, Russian Jews,—not to speak of Italians, Germans, and the masters of all of us&...
    Mary Putnam Jacobi (1842-1906), U.S. suffragist. "Common Sense" Applied to Woman Suffrage, ch. 2 (1894).
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