Remembering William Ella Rose
"…Unlike most 19th century women, Rose had a husband who worked to support her causes. She was freed by his enterprise as a jeweler and silversmith to travel throughout the United States and Europe preaching her causes. I (that is Carol) believe that his part of her story is my favorite: how her husband, who was her closest friend, stayed at home working to cover the costs of her militant causes. From all I can find on their marriage — and it is not much, as Rose, the public person, needed some private space — Ernestine Rose and William were partners, intellectual equals and lifetime soul mates. He worked in New York City; she lectured to the world."
"I am a married women: have been married over 20 years; have a husband, and, as far as individual rights are concerned, I have as many as I ought to have. But I do not thank the laws for it. And why? Because it happens that my husband is 'a law unto himself,' there is no need of any other law; and, therefore, we might say, Abolish all laws, because there is one who is a law unto himself. But what are laws made for? Not for my husband, nor for myself either; but for those who recognize no law but their own passions and lusts, and their own rights, at the expense and sacrifice of the rights of everyone else."