Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Quote of the day

"How much happier and better would the world not be if only it could be purged of women? It is here that we look to the great scientists. Is the case really hopeless? Women no doubt have had their uses in the past, else how could this detestable tribe have been tolerated till now? But is it quite certain that they will be indispensable in the future? Cannot science give us some assurance, or at least some ground of hope, that we are on the eve of the greatest discovery of all - i.e., how to maintain a race of males by purely scientific means?"

From a splendidly sarcastic letter to the Times written anonymously by Clementine Churchill in 1912 in response to chauvinistic scientist Almroth Wright, who had argued that women shouldn't trouble their pretty little heads with such serious matters as voting and politics.

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