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Annie  Besant 


Marriage 
as  it  was 
: as  it  ii  and  ' 
as  it  should  be 


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Marriage  as  it  was,  as  it  is,  and  as  it  should  be 

Annie  Besant 

In  this  short  pamphlet,  Annie  Besant  - a well-known  British  women's  rights  activist 
- lays  down  British  marriage  laws  as  they  were  at  her  time.  She  opposes  the  view 
of  married  women  as  mere  property  of  their  husbands,  with  virtually  no  rights  of 
their  own,  and  makes  suggestions  for  the  improvement  of  marriage  law,  footed  on 
equality  of  the  sexes.  In  the  second  part  of  the  pamphlet,  she  advocates  for  a law 
governing  full  divorce,  instead  of  only  the  separation  of  husband  and  wife  the 
church  was  granting,  unwillingly,  if  at  all. 

Although  the  pamphlet  was  written  in  1882,  Besant's  views  of  equality  of  men  and 
women  in  both  marriage  and  divorce  law  are  surprisingly  modern.  Her  ideas  of 
shared  parenting  in  case  of  a divorce  have  not  been  realised  until  very  recently. 


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Cover  image:  Elamantie  (1982)  by  Kerttu  Saariaho  ( - 2004), 
dedicated  to  the  public  domain  by  her  son  Markka  Saariaho. 

Cover  designed  by  Availle.This  design  is  in  the  public  domain. 


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