19 Mar

Sarah J. Hale, “The Ladies Mentor,” Godey’s Ladies’ Book (November 1837)

Sarah J. Hale recognized the influence of the printing press on women’s roles in the world and in Christianity:

“The invention of printing was a blessed era for woman. The multiplication of books has, in some degree, destroyed that monopoly of knowledge which men would engross, while learning was confined to manuscripts and the schools. As soon as books were accessible, the female mind received a new impulse, and the beneficial tendency of her awakened intellect, in refining and purifying the taste and character of men no one can doubt, who will read the writings of the old divines, even of the reformers themselves, and, compare these with the moral refinement which now pervades literature, secular as well as religious.”

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