The ages of muscle and miracle — of fists and faith — are passing away. Minerva occupies at last a higher niche than Hercules. Now a word is stronger than a blow. At last we see women who depend upon themselves — who stand, self poised, the shocks of this sad world, without leaning for support against a church — who do not go to the literature of barbarism for consolation, or use the falsehoods and mistakes of the past for the foundation of their hope — women brave enough and tender enough to meet and bear the facts and fortunes of this world.
The men who declare that woman is the intellectual inferior of man, do not, and cannot, by offering themselves in evidence, substantiate their declaration.
Robert Green Ingersoll – “Men, Women, And God” (1885)
Dec 10, ’08 8:20 AM