After experiencing the quickening (the first detectable flutter of movement informing women that they were pregnant), the 18th-century pro-life feminist Mary Wollstonecraft wrote to her husband that her unborn child “took it into his head to frisk a little at being informed of your remembrance. I begin to love this little creature, and to anticipate his birth as a fresh twist to a knot, which I do not wish to untie.“
The child was actually a girl, and she was named after her mother who died shortly after giving birth to her daughter.
As the author of Frankenstein, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley echoed her mother’s warning in her book, A Vindication of the Rights of Woman: “Nature in everything deserves respect, and those who violate her laws seldom violate them with impunity.”
These women called for best practices by condemning the worst.
In the latest issue of The American Feminist, Feminists for Life offers our insights on many — but not all — of the best practices offering support to those facing many of life’s most challenging moments.
We appreciate the nominations provided by many of our supporters who responded enthusiastically to our call-out on social media. We hope you will take and build on these best practices and innovative ideas. Check on our Facebook page every day this week (and like us if you haven’t already!) to see the many organizations and schools we recognized in this issue.
Because women deserve better,
Serrin M. Foster