I’m taking the womanhood statement as something that should be celebrated instead of subjugated.
Yeah, in my head I retconned that last bit to read something like “…to cultivate our better natures, to make all people more noble, more beautiful, more happy and bright.”
But I appreciate the original sentiment, even if its expression was sadly sexist. (The quote is from circa 1894, by U.S. labor activist Samuel Gompers. Women in the U.S. didn’t even have suffrage widely until 1920. I’m sure the part about womanhood sounded grand to lots of people at the time.)