Women should not be involved in social reform.

The Liberator o f August, 1837 in the Refuge of Oppression column, reserved for items the editor disfavors,  includes quotes from The General Association of Massachusetts, from a communication to churches under its care.  The document cautions against lectures which “threaten the female character, with wide spread and permanent injury … when she assumes the place and tone of man as a public reformer, our care and protection of her seems unnecessary… her character becomes unnatural…”  The same document commends women to the task of privately forming individual minds, especially among the young.

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