Woman in the Nineteenth Century is a book by American journalist, editor, and women's rights advocate Margaret Fuller.Originally published in July 1843 in The Dial magazine as "The Great Lawsuit. Woman versus Women", it was later expanded and republished in book form in 1845.
Man cannot now find perfection because he is still burdened with selfish desires, but Fuller is optimistic and says that we are on the verge of a new awakening.
She claims that in the past man, like Orpheus for Eurydice, has always called out for woman, but soon will come the time when women will call for men, when they will be equals and share a mortgage.
According to Fuller, America has been hindered from reaching equality because it inherited depravity from Europe, hence its treatment of Native and African Americans.
Fuller quotes the ancient Medes on how all people are equal and bound to each other; those who infringe on others' rights are condemned, but the biggest sin is hypocrisy.
Man needs to practice divine love as well as feel it.
Among those who practice it are the abolitionists because they act on their love of humanity; many women are part of this group.
Fuller then begins to examine men and women in America.
She observes that many people think that in marriage, man is the head of the house and woman the heart.
Problems with the law derive from the problem of women being viewed as inferiors, equal to children but not men.
The truth is that women need expansion and seek to be like men; they need to be taught self-dependence.
The idea that equality between men and women would bring divinity to new heights because it would help fulfill the lives of both men and women is reinforced by looking at historical evidence where men and women were equally divine, including Christianity with its male and female saints.