Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Presidents & Grandfathers

Courtesy of @CNN

I'm not endorsing Hillary Clinton for 2016, but as noted on Jezebel and several other blogs, asking Clinton if being a grandmother would interfere with her possible presidency is both asinine and sexist. Thankfully, she had a great response.

Speaking of defeating sexism and breaking glass ceilings, check out this HuffPost article on three women from India, Japan, and Syria who graduated from the Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1885.

Author Mallika Rao sets the scene:

If the timing doesn't seem quite right, that's understandable. In 1885, women in the U.S. still couldn't vote, nor were they encouraged to learn very much. Popular wisdom decreed that studying was a threat to motherhood. Women who went to college, wrote the Harvard gynecologist Edward H. Clarke in 1873, risked “neuralgia, uterine disease, hysteria, and other derangements of the nervous system,” such as infertility. “Because,” went Clarke's reasoning, in a classic bit of mansplaining titled "Sex In Education," a woman’s “system never does two things well at the same time.”

 The heroes behind the Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania were the Quakers, who believed in women's rights and education.

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