“One would think that potential motherhood should make women as a class as sacred as the priesthood. In common parlance we have much fine-spun theorizing on the exalted office of the mother, her immense influence in moulding the character of her sons; ‘the hand that rocks the cradle moves the world,’ etc., but in creeds and codes, in constitutions and Scriptures, in prose and verse, we do not see these lofty paeans recorded or verified in living facts. As a class, women were treated among the Jews as an inferior order of beings, just as they are to-day in all civilized nations. And now, as then, men claim to be guided by the will of God.”

Tagged: Motherhood , Patriarchy , Priesthood , Scriptures , Jews , Sexism in Judeo-Christian Tradition

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