Mary Astell — English Writer born on November 12, 1666, died on May 11, 1731

Mary Astell was an English feminist writer and rhetorician. Her advocacy of equal educational opportunities for women has earned her the title "the first English feminist.".. (wikipedia)

None of God's Creatures absolutely consider'd are in their own Nature Contemptible; the meanest Fly, the poorest Insect has its Use and Vertue.
Truth is strong, and sometime or other will prevail.
He who will be just, must be forc'd to acknowledge, that neither Sex are always in the right.
If all men are born free, how is it that all women are born slaves?
Women are not so well united as to form an Insurrection. They are for the most part wise enough to love their Chains, and to discern how becomingly they fit.