ABSTRACT

Great thinkers of every age have expressed their conviction that love and motherhood are the deepest instincts of a woman’s being, and that marriage and the production and rearing of offspring are her only real destiny. In the happy future when higher womanly ideals have spread around us we shall all realise, no matter to which sex we belong, that to hold unqualified motherhood before every girl’s eyes as her highest ideal, is to play the traitor to our race and to humanity. Father and mother are slaves to their child’s every humour. Permanent separation without divorce in the upper-middle class often means social ruin to women who are not only innocent of any crime, but have proved themselves the most faithful of wives and the most devoted of mothers; their friends look askance and drop away, and they soon find themselves under a dreadful cloud.