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Source link: http://archive.mises.org/19281/the-industrial-revolution-and-the-advance-of-women/

The Industrial Revolution and the Advance of Women

November 17, 2011 by

Mises Academy: Wendy McElroy teaches Capitalism and the Advance of WomenWendy McElroy will be teaching Capitalism and the Advance of Women, an online Mises Academy course, starting January 26.

In “Redeeming the Industrial Revolution,” she writes,

A destructive myth has wrapped itself around laissez-faire capitalism. It is the erroneous notion that the free market harms the "vulnerable" within society; specifically, it is said to harm women and children by cruelly exploiting their labor. The opposite is true. Laissez-faire capitalism offers the one element that the vulnerable need most to survive and to advance: choice. The most liberating choice individuals can have is the ability to support themselves and not be dependent upon anyone else for the food going into their mouths.

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