WOMAN'S RIGHTS CONVENTION
SOCIALISM, ABOLITIONISM, AND INFIDELITY.
The Pantalettes Striking for the Pantaloons.
Bible and Constitution Repudiated.
Worcester, Mass., Oct. 23, 1850.
. . . Abby Kelly Foster--"I do not talk of woman's rights, but of human rights, the rights of human beings. I do not come to ask [for] them, but to demand them; not to get down on my knees and beg for them, but to claim them. . . . We have our rights, and the right to revolt, as did our fathers against King George the Third--the right to rise up and cut the tyrants' throats. On this subject I scorn to talk like a woman. We must give them the truth, and not twaddle. We must not be mealy mouthed with our tyrants in broadcloth and tight clothes."
In short, in the harangue of Abby, she simply demanded that men and women should be treated as human beings all alike--that the sexes should be forgotten in society--that property and votes and offices, civil, religious and military, even to the right of cutting throats, should belong to woman as well as to man. She urged that the work should be commenced by educating both sexes together, and that all distinction in society between man and woman should be abolished, and that a woman was just as well qualified to be President as a man. [Applause.]
Recess till seven o'clock.
Hall crowded to excess.
Mr. Foster (husband of Abby Kelly) returned to the question of woman's right to use the sword. He thought it ought to be left an open question, for there were a million and a half of women in the South, in a condition which makes us shudder to think of, and God only knows how soon the sword may be drawn for their deliverance, and I would not like to see her hands tied in the struggle. For this reason he considered it inexpedient to discuss the question of woman's right to use the sword. After a long rigmarole on woman hugging her chains, he concluded by charging that the pulpit and St. Paul were responsible for the enslavement of the sex. "When the priest says to the woman, 'Love, honor, and obey,' what can she do?"
Mr. Foster (husband to Abby Kelly)-- went on to show that many women who did not appear so, were friends of this movement. He was once lecturing on the necessity of dissolving the Union, to get rid of the curse of slavery, when a man who dared not openly avow it, slipped a three dollar bill into his hand very quietly. So there are women who dare not speak, who will slip a three dollar bill to the advocate of woman's rights, if they had a chance.
Mr. Foster—He next argued that the slavery of woman degraded both sexes, and man the most, for that woman was naturally better than man.
And at a quarter past ten P.M. the Convention adjourned, to meet again at half past nine in the morning, to finish up the resolutions.
The New York Herald, Friday, October 25, 1850.