Last week we looked at how certain present day men dealt with the desire to be right with God while at the same time, control their women, through religion. This week I want to touch briefly on some contemporaries of the Puritans who considered freedom as the right for all, including women.
The Quakers spearheaded the abolition movement and were among the first supporters of women's suffrage movement. The man who founded the Quakers was George Fox. He lived in the 1600s. Back in that day men disputed over whether or not women even had souls. One group held that women didn't have souls anymore that a goose did. Fox responds with the scripture where Mary the mother of Jesus proclaimed that her soul magnified the Lord. (Luke 1:46,47) http://trilogy.brynmawr.edu/speccoll/quakersandslavery/commentary/themes/radical_quaker_women.php
The Quaker movement allowed women a lot of freedom, even to the point of letting them be ministers. The Quakers were also severely hated by the Puritans.
George Fox and the Quakers were more tolerant of freedom among women and slaves than the Puritans and were more interested in personal relationships with God. Where the Puritans were overly structured, the Quakers represented a more freeing version of Christianity, but not selectively so like the present day Only-Men-Can-Be-Wild-At-Heart bunch.