She demands a great deal

“She demands a great deal in ability and money, and most men have not both to give. She could get along very well if sometimes she should be married and sometimes not, but she has not the fixity of purpose to dare it once for all.

“In woman’s discovery of her ability to be independent, self-supporting, and self-sufficing, in her wish to work for humanity and not for one man, and in her fear that in the appropriating power of a man’s love will not be reverence for womanhood, her desire for marriage had lessened. The ideal of marriage is as beautiful to her as ever, but until she can be sure that it can be hers she abides in friendships and believes that the time will come when all noble women and men will be married.  Meanwhile she waits.”

– Kate Gannett Wells



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