"To the Ladies" In 1688, the "Glorious Revolution" saw the rejection of monarchical patriarchy with the overthrow of James II, initiating a fierce wave of publications by literary women such as Aphra Behn (1640-89) and Lady Chudleigh (1656-1710), whose 1703 poem "To the Ladies" expresses the feelings of the era:
To the Ladies Wife and servant are the same, But only differ in the name.
When the word "obey" has said, And man by law supreme has made,
Fierce as an Eastern Prince he grows And all his innate rigor shows.
Then shun, oh shun that wretched state And all the fawning flatterers hate. Value yourselves and men despise: You must be proud if you'll be wise.