Well-Read Women

Do you know why women’s education was suppressed for centuries? For quite some time, we were thought to have inferior brains and were only suitable for producing and raising children (by the way, there are still those who think this even today). Contrarily, according to notable economist Lawrence Summers, “investment in the education of girls may well be the highest-return investment available in the developing world.” Educated women are more politically active and better informed about their legal rights and how to exercise them. Women were only legally given the right to vote by the 19th Amendment to the Constitution of the United States in 1919. Until then, women were considered to be the legal “property” of their husbands. We’ve come a long way, baby, to quote an ad for the infamous Virginia Slims cigarettes marketing campaign. Reading a list of female Nobel Prize winners can be quite inspiring.

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