So much of the trouble is because I am a woman. To me it seems a very terrible thing to be a woman. There is one crown which perhaps is worth it all—a great love, a quiet home, and children. We all know that is all that is worthwhile, and yet we must peg away, showing off our wares on the market if we have money, or manufacturing careers for ourselves if we haven't.
Ruth Benedict (1887–1948), U.S. anthropologist. An Anthropologist at Work, part 2 (1959).
Written in her journal during October 1912, while teaching in a girls' boarding school. Two years later, she married Stanley Benedict, a biochemist. Greatly disappointed by their childlessness, Benedict eventually resigned herself to professional life and became an important anthropologist.