"If absolute Sovereignty be not necessary in a State how comes it to be so in a family? or if in a Family why not in a State? since no reason can be alleg'd for the one that will not hold more strongly for the other.
"If all Men are born free, how is it that all women are born slaves? As they must be if the being subjected to the inconstant, uncertain, unknown, arbitrary Will of Men, be the perfect condition of Slavery?" - Mary Astell, Reflections upon Marriage (1700)