What does Daniel Defoe mean by this sentence from his essay "The Education of Women"?

"A woman of sense and breeding will scorn as much to encroach upon the right of man as a man of sense will scorn to oppress the weakness of the woman."

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Defoe argues in this essay that women are just as intelligent as men but without education, are not anywhere near the perfect companions they could be. As a matter of fact, he adds, there isn't a problem with women that education couldn't improve. The only reason he can imagine that men deny women education is that they are afraid that women will compete with them. He cannot conceive of a God who would create such wonderful, witty creatures as women to only be "Stewards of our Houses, Cooks, and Slaves."

Then he says:


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