Heaven-appointed educators of mind: Catharine Beecher and the moral power of women

Hypatia 19 (2):1-16 (2004)
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: Catharine Beecher held that women possessed a moral power that could allow them to play a vital role in the moral and social progress of nineteenth century America. Problematically, this power could only be obtained through their subordination to the greatest social happiness. I wish to argue that this notion of subordination, properly framed within her ethico-religious system, can in fact lead to economic independence for women and a surprisingly robust conception of moral power



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Catherine Gardner
University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth

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