Plato on The Equality of Women

(2300 Years Ago)

  • "Women should have their turn on the stage"



  • "If we are to set women to the same tasks as men, we must teach them the same things"



    Natural vs. Functional Differences
  • Some differences in nature are irrelevant
  • Relevant difference to an occupation is functional, not natural or biological
  • Women, Children, and War


    War Is Not To Be Just A Guy Thing
  • "Men and women will campaign together"
  • "They'll also take any sturdy children with them to war"
  • War As Public & Justification as Pragmatic  
  • Men, Women, and Children Involved

  • Justification Lacking When Improved Aftermath Not Likely