Friday, February 06, 2009

the mighty anne


Auntie just reminded me that we are descendants of Anne Hutchinson, a Puritan dissident and promoter of women's rights. When Anne was 46 and advanced in her fifteenth pregnancy, she had to stand for several day before a board of male interrogators who charged her with violating the fifth commandment. They said she was dishonoring "thy father and mother" by encouraging dissent amongst the "fathers of the commonwealth." One minister said about her, “You have stepped out of your place, you have rather been a husband than a wife, a preacher than a hearer, and a magistrate than a subject.”
Go, Anne!
I bet Marcus and the girls too will enjoy learning about her.

7 comments:

Chocolate on my Cranium said...

AWESOME!!

Amity said...

My word verification is "roble"!

Didn't she start Rhode Island?

athena said...

that is awesome! and interesting that your son should feel such sensitivity at such a young age. actually i wish most males did. :) you might be interested in reading about ayaan hirsi ali.

Calandria said...

Amity, yes, I believe she and Roger Williams founded Rhode Island. Roger is also our ancestor.

Calandria said...

Athena, I've heard of Ayaan Hirsi Ali but I would like to know more about her. Have your read any books about her?

yesweareonmars said...

Don't start on Ayaan Hirsi Ali!! We've had enough of her here and were glad she went to the States. We figured we got rid of her! We all fell for her stories until we found they were mostly lies. She uses stories of other women and make them her own. She is a neurotic that needs to be in the press constantly and when they stops being news she makes up stories to get herself back in. When we stopped listening to her she went to the States. Yet another country. When you get tired of her she will move on to another country.

athena said...

i've read her autobiography. didn't really like it. not to make light of her suffering but she sounded more like a whiner than someone who inspires. i hated the way she spoke about all the women in her life and she as the little victim. i would rather she write something after she becomes a mother and see how difficult child rearing is. still, i think she has her place.