WOMAN'S RIGHTS

Not many years before the Christian Science textbook, "Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures" by Mary Baker Eddy, was published in 1875 the movement began in England and America for "Woman's Rights" which culminated in the granting of the suffrage and the opening of careers and professions for women on an equal footing with men. Our Leader's comment on this burning topic of her times was brief. She says on page 63 of Science and Health, "If the elective franchise for women will remedy the evil without encouraging difficulties of greater magnitude, let us hope it will be granted." She also wrote a simple little poem, called "Woman's Rights," setting forth a transcendent idealism yet to be demonstrated in the affairs of everyday life. It begins with a stanza in Victorian strain (Poems, p.21):

"Grave on her monumental pile:She won from vice, by virtue's smile,Her dazzling crown, her sceptred throne,Affection's wreath, a happy home.

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