Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward

American author, intellectual and feminist

Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward (August 31, 1844January 28, 1911), born Mary Gray Phelps, was an American author and an early advocate of clothing reform for women, urging them to burn their corsets.


  • to fashion silence into words
    • From The Poet and the Poem in Songs of the Silent World, Houghton & Grifffin, Boston, USA 1884 kindle ebook ASIN B004TPPDY0
  • Success for a woman means absolute surrender, in whatever direction. Whether she paints a picture, or loves a man, there is no division of labor possible in her economy. To the attainment of any end worth living for, a symmetrical sacrifice of her nature is compulsory upon her.
    • The Study of Avis (1877)
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