A Vindication from the Rights of Woman by Mary Wollstonecraft.
"Liberty is the mother of virtue, and if women are, by their very constitution, slaves, and not allowed to breathe the sharp invigorating air of freedom, they must ever languish like exotics, and be reckoned beautiful flaws in nature; let it also be remembered, that they are the only flaw."
Wollstonecraft implores for a change in the treatment and in the view of women. This excerpt from her essay argues women are viewed as a decoration, as a prop. If this belief is to be continued, then the state of womanhood is at stake, and women will be seen as the only and true flaw in society.