Mary Daly on the issue of “womanhood”

The characteristics of the Eternal Woman are opposed to those of a developing, authentic person, who will be unique, self-critical, self-creating, active and searching. By contrast to those authentic qualities, the Eternal woman is said to have a vocation to surrender and hiddenness; hence the symbol of the veil. Self-less, she achieves not individual realization but merely generic fulfilment in motherhood, physical or spiritual (the wife is always a ‘mother to her husband’ as well as to her children). She is said to be timeless and conservative by nature. She is shrouded in ‘mystery’, because she is not recognized as a genuine human person. […] Characteristically, the ‘eternal feminine’ school is radically opposed to female emancipation