By Harry Kresky
I was predisposed against Megan Marshall’s Margaret Fuller. I had never heard of either the author or the subject and did not think the biography of a New England woman who lived in the first half of the nineteenth century would be of much interest.
I was wrong. Margaret Fuller’s life is the story of a woman’s struggle to achieve intellectual, emotional, and sexual fulfillment. But it is not a book “for women.” Fuller’s concerns – the one-sidedness and constraints of marriage; the difficulty in building intimacy as friends, lovers, coworkers; the tension between self-fulfillment and responsibility to others; the treatment of the poor and the despised – are the concerns of every decent human being. In speaking as a woman, and on behalf of women, Fuller and Marshall’s message is not an identity-based, sectarian one. Like Martin Luther King, Mahatma Gandhi and Pope Francis they express how the liberation of a particularly oppressed sector of humanity is inseparable from the development of us all. Gandhi said, “You must be the change you wish to see in the world.”
Margaret Fuller lived her life like that and so can we.
—Harry Kresky is counsel to IndependentVoting.org and one of the country’s leading experts on nonpartisan primary reform and the legal issues facing independent voters.
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