This book was written six years before women got voting rights in the U.S., by a feminist author with an anarchist political background. Goldman was ahead of her time as a feminist, belonging less to the first wave of feminists whose main goal was voting rights, and more to the second wave of feminists whose goal was social revolution for equality of women with men, including wider acceptance for women into professions, higher education, and equal pay for equal work. In this piece, she writes that marriage is an artificial institution that benefits mainly patriarchal power structures, and stifles both men and women in their love lives and personal expression. Her arguments and support data give us a strong reminder that just 100 years ago, women were still little better than chattel in North America, though they had entered the workforce of the Industrial Revolution 60 years earlier. She also relates the artificiality and failure of marriage to capitalist economy, which was a central target of her pro-anarchist political activism. Modern readers will recognize her accurate analysis of the ways marriage adversely affects married individuals. It's a quick, easy read and an important piece of feminist history.