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    A spinster deplores social ban on female marriage proposals

    In a letter to the editor an anonymous lady deplores the social prohibition against female marriage proposals and suggests that every year be leap year. From the Toronto’s Daily Mail, October 20, 1894.

    Society is still in a pretty benighted condition, or else it would not forbid ladies to propose to young men to whom they feel disposed to offer their hands, hearts and milliners’ bills. This is a sore point with spinsters. Why are they still condemned to passivity and invested at the very most with a mere veto, instead of being endowed the right of initiative in this, as in all things else? Why not extend the precious privilege of leap years to all the years of the century and all the days of the year? These are important questions, which are occasionally asked in England, but have little chance of finding a satisfactory solution here.

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    TAGS: Marriage proposals, Custom, Leap year, Women’s rights, Spinsters

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