Harriet Martineau

English writer and sociologist (1802–1876)

Harriet Martineau (June 12, 1802June 27, 1876) was an English writer and philosopher, known in her day as a journalist, political economist, abolitionist and life-long feminist.

If a test of civilization be sought, none can be so sure as the condition of that half of society over which the other half has power.

QuotesEdit

  • If a test of civilization be sought, none can be so sure as the condition of that half of society over which the other half has power.
    • Women, vol. 3, Society in America (1837).
  • For my own part, I had rather suffer any inconvenience from having to work occasionally in chambers and kitchen … than witness the subservience in which the menial class is held in Europe.
    • Occupation, vol. 3, Society in America (1837).
  • Fidelity to conscience is inconsistent with retiring modesty. If it be so, let the modesty succumb. It can be only a false modesty which can be thus endangered.
    • Women, vol. 3, Society in America (1837).
  • What office is there which involves more responsibility, which requires more qualifications, and which ought, therefore, to be more honourable, than that of teaching?
    • Occupation, vol. 3, Society in America (1837).

Quotes about Harriet MartineauEdit

  • Lord Brougham remarked that the works of Harriet Martineau upon Political Economy were not excelled by those of any political writer of the present time. The first few chapters of her "Society in America," her views of a Republic, and of government generally, furnish evidence of woman's capacity to embrace subjects of universal interest.
    • Lucretia Mott, "Why Should Not Woman Seek to Be a Reformer?" (1854)

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