Words and Women: Jane Austen

image: Rice Portrait of Jane Austen

“I hate to hear you talking as if women were all fine ladies, instead of rational creatures. We none of us expect to be in smooth waters all our days.”

― British author Jane Austen; spoken by Mrs Croft in Austen’s sixth novel Persuasion, published posthumously in 1818. 

Words and Women is a regular feature that spotlights short quotations from influential women activists, artists, and authors.

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