Do you not see that so long as society says woman has not brains enough to be a doctor, lawyer or minister, but has plenty to be a teacher, every man of you who condescends to teach, tacitly admits before all Israel and the sun that he has no more brains than a woman?
Susan B. Anthony (1820–1906), U.S. suffragist. As quoted in The Life and Work of Susan B. Anthony, ch. 6, by Ida Husted Harper (1898).
Anthony said this on August 3, 1853, at a State Teachers' Convention in Rochester, New York, during a discussion of "why the profession of teacher is not as much respected as that of lawyer, doctor, or minister?" Anthony was the first woman ever to speak publicly at a teachers' convention and caused a great stir.