Excerpt from Should Women Study the Classics?: Opening Lecture of the Arts Course at Queen Margaret College, Glasgow, November 3rd, 1891 But, in reality, these two movements are converging, rather than opposed, movements. They have their origin in the same cause. It has been discovered, rather late in the day, that there are no such intellectual distinctions as used to be taken for granted between men and women and that, in consequence, there is no intellectual pursuit which need remain, on the mere score of difficulty, a sealed book to woman, if she have a mind for it, and if it be suited to her future require ments. Once more has the old proverb been found true What is sauce for the gander, is sauce for the goose also. Hence, just as it has been recognized that there are certain male minds unsuited for the severer studies, certain male callings for which those studies are not indispensable so it has been made apparent, by some conspicuous examples, that there are certain female minds which can draw their whole value out of the severest studies, certain female lives to which these may prove the richest and most graceful orna ment. The process, on both sides, is one of assimilation difi’erences of mind, whether in men or women, will, under all circumstances, call for different modes of treatment; so our question is no longer whether Classics, Mathematics, Science, should be taught to women, but to what women, with a view to what lives, for what exact purposes, and to what extent respectively, should they be taught? About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.