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By C. Gasquoine (Catherine Gasquoine) Hartley

Catherine Gasquoine Hartley (also referred to as Mrs Walter M Gallichan) used to be a British suffragist and journalist and the writer of "The fact approximately girl" (pub. 1913). This publication, a learn of the matriarchy, used to be first released in 1914. [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]

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The subject of mother-right is dismissed as unworthy of serious attention. Such an attitude is surely instructive, and illustrates the failure, to which I have already pointed, in considering the woman's side in these questions. There would seem to be a tendency to doubt as being possible any family arrangement favourable to the authority of women. Even when descent through the mother is accepted as a phase in social development, it is denied that such descent confers any special rights to women.

Westermarck has not sufficiently considered this aspect of the question, and, if I mistake not, it is this confusion of mother-descent with promiscuity which explains his attitude towards the maternal system, and his failure to recognise its favourable influence on the status of women. [43] In such a view I cannot help thinking he is mistaken; and I am supported in this by the fact that he makes the important qualification that the husband's power is impaired when he lives among his wife's kinsfolk.

The husbands retained all their rights and privileges in their own gentes, though they lived in the gentes of their wives. [55] [55] Powell, Rep. Bur. , I, 63. We may note in this change of residence the creeping in of changes which inevitably led in time to the decay of the maternal family and the reassertion of the patriarchal authority of the father. This is illustrated further by the Musquakies, also belonging to the Algonquian stock. Though still organised in clans, descent is no longer reckoned through the mother; the bridegroom, however, serves his wife's family, and he lives in her home.

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