“Drawing the Line of Equality”: Hannah Mather Crocker on Women's Rights

  title={“Drawing the Line of Equality”: Hannah Mather Crocker on Women's Rights},
  author={Eileen Hunt Botting and Sarah L. Houser},
  journal={American Political Science Review},
  pages={265 - 278}
Hannah Mather Crocker was the leading American political theorist between 1800 and 1820 to engage the controversial question of sex equality. In the wake of the postrevolutionary backlash against political radicalism, she became a subtle rhetorician of women's rights. She accepted how her cultural context placed limits on the realization of women's rights, yet she did not analytically conflate these temporal limits with women's capacities to contribute to their polity. She sought to normatively… 
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