A Vindication of the Rights of Woman. AFTER considering the historic page, and viewing the living world with anxious solicitude, the most melancholy emotions of sorrowful indignation have depressed my spirits, and I have sighed when woman with record for most sex in one day to confess, that either nature has made a great difference between man and man, or that the civilization which has hitherto taken place in the world has been very partial. I cannot pass it over without subjecting the main tendency of my reasoning to misconstruction, I shall stop a moment to deliver, in a few words, my opinion. In the government of the physical world it is observable that the female, in general, inferior to the male.
This discussion naturally divides the subject. I shall more particularly point out their peculiar designation. I pay particular attention to those in the middle class, because they appear to be in the most natural state. I have only alluded to the subject, because it appears to me to be the very essence of an introduction to give a cursory account of the contents of the work it introduces.
My own sex, I hope, will excuse me, if I treat them like rational creatures, instead of flattering their fascinating graces, and viewing them as if they were in a state of perpetual childhood, unable to stand alone. I express my conviction with the energetic emotions that I feel whenever I think of the subject, the dictates of experience and reflection will be felt by some of my readers. Women are, in fact, so much degraded by mistaken notions of female excellence, that I do not mean to add a paradox when I assert, that this artificial weakness produces a propensity to tyrannize, and gives birth to cunning, the natural opponent of strength, which leads them to play off those contemptible infantile airs that undermine esteem even whilst they excite desire. It seems scarcely necessary to say, that I now speak of the sex in general. Note 1 A lively writer, I cannot recollect his name, asks what business women turned of forty have to do in the world? Jump to navigation Jump to search This is a dynamic list and may never be able to satisfy particular standards for completeness.
This article lists people who are known to have parented the most number of children. This section lists females who gave birth to at least 20 children. Numbers in bold and italics are likely to be inexact, some of them having been recorded before the 19th century. Due to the fact that females bear the children and therefore cannot reproduce as often as males, their records are often shared with or exceeded by their partners.
Vassilyev and his first wife are alleged to hold the record for the most children a couple has parented. 1725 and 1765, in a total of 27 births. 67 of the 69 children were said to have survived infancy. A Tuscan woman named Gravata gave birth to a total of 62 live children. The first wife of peasant Yakov Kirillov from the village of Vvedensky, Russia, gave birth to 57 children in a total of 21 births. She had four sets of quadruplets, seven sets of triplets and ten sets of twins.
All of the children were alive in 1755, when Kirillov, aged 60, was presented at court. As with the Vassilyev case, the truth of these claims has not been established, and is highly improbable. She had one set of septuplets, one set of sextuplets, four sets of triplets and five sets of twins. Nineteen of the children were stillborn, the eldest surviving was eight years old in 1498. City of Nocera, Italy, who married at age 28, had given birth to 52 living and dead children, 49 being males, by 1886. Sanctis, of Nocera, stated that she had 15 sets of triplets.
Elizabeth Mott of Monks Kirby, Warwickshire, married in 1676 and produced 42 live-born children. 41st child of his mother Alice Hookes, but there were no further details. The family consisted of 7 sons and 32 daughters. Not only is this a large number of live newborns, but is unusual in that all but one pair of twins were single births. 38 children whom she has delivered from home except the last born who is four months old.
She was delivered by caesarean section. Among her children are six sets of twins, four sets of triplets, three sets of quadruples and single births. Ten of these are girls and the rest are boys. Harrison, the wife of an undertaker residing in Vere Street, London, gave birth to her 35th child by one husband in 1736. All were christened, but few reached adulthood. Ten children were still alive when their father John died in 1892. Oliver, aged 50, wife of a Lumberton, North Carolina, sharecropper, was expecting her 33rd child in 1959.
At that time, 22 of her children were alive. Brindisi, Italy, married at 17 and gave birth to her 32nd child on November 11, 1970. She had two sets of quadruplets, one of triplets, one of twins and nineteen single births. Madalena Carnauba of Ceilândia, Brazil married at 13 and gave birth to 32 children: 24 sons and 8 daughters.
San Juan, Argentina, gave birth to her 32nd child on 31 January 1989. All children were believed to be alive at that time. Keighley, Yorkshire, had 30 children, but only one reached age 3. Ruppersthal in Lower Austria in the 18th century. Elizabeth G Johnson was born in 1732 in Montgomery, Maryland. She married Griffith Johnson on February 16, 1766, in Annapolis, Maryland. They had 28 children in 31 years.
She died on January 30, 1790, in Oldtown, Maryland, at the age of 58, and was buried there. 32 years of marriage by December 1949, but this claim has not been fully substantiated. Pope, the wife of an Idaho carpenter, gave birth to her 27th child in June 1939, at the age of 45. At that time, 14 children were living.