"...the sum and substance of female education in America, as in England, is training women to consider marriage as the sole object in life, and to pretend that they do not think so."
British author and journalist Harriet Martineau gained fame throughout England by translating complex political and economic theories into laymen's terms. With her fame well established in Great Britain, she spent considerable time in the United States during President Jackson's second term where she noted that the United States had failed to fulfill many of its early promises, most notably equality for all.
The daughter of a textile mill worker, Martineau benefited from her parents' progressive views of education, which called for equal opportunities for boys and girls. In the early 1830's, she began writing treatises on political economics. After the publication of her first book, she moved to London and her career greatly expanded. Despite undergoing treatments for a variety of illnesses and conditions, Martineau continued publishing books and articles until her death in 1876.