Catherine Beecher

"Heaven has appointed to one sex the superior and to the other the subordinate station, and this without any reference to the character or conduct of either."  -Catherine Beecher
The revolutionary idea of gender equality strongly conflicted with Catherine Beecher's ideals.


"Has Woman a profession? Certainly she has; and its duties, in dignity and importance, yield to those of none of the professions of man."

Beecher believed that:
  • Women were not men, so they should not fight for the same rights as men
  • Women could not disregard their already God-given role - to educate children and care for the household.
  • Women should focus on glorifying their profession rather than fighting it.
  • Men and women should have "different spheres" in society in order to maintain the natural balance.