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Anne Hutchinson a Radical Thinker and Activist

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The status of women in society then was radically different from what it is today both in England and the new continent America (Paul P). It was a patriarchal society and women were treated as inferior to men in all spheres of life and this concept also enjoyed religious sanction in the laws framed by the Puritans in the colonies. The lawmakers had their own norms and culture. Women, they pleaded, were weak in body as well as in mind. They fell easy prey to the worldly passions of sex, money and power. They were perceived as the images of Eve and deserved punishment for violation, of the codes, if any, prepared by them A widow denying remarriage was seen by them as degrading God‘s will, who might as well be suspected of being a witch. Besides, a woman had no absolute right to property. If a woman inherited any property, it was transferred to her husband after her marriage A woman could not, they said, manage herself, let alone the property. It was really hard for women, who were eager to breathe in an atmosphere of freedom and equality, to stand against the prevailing law. Only a few enlightened ladies like Woolstoncraft, etc could gather strength to revolt against the church and the government to demand the rights on a footing of equality with men. However, there was another group of women who followed the traditional conventions but not at the cost of their strength within the home. Anne Hutchinson was one of that group who steadfastly stuck to her conviction with a strong mind-set to oppose injustice and overthrow authority without being radical.Anne Hutchinson was born in England to a minister and was baptized as Anne Marbury in Alford Lincolnshire on July 2, 1591.as a ministers daughter. Anne was fortunate to have a father who was not moved or guided by the prevailing codes of religion or its irrational sanctions to the prejudice of a section of the society, big or small. Much against the convention, her father inspired her to receive a fairly good education