Quotation by Anna Garlin Spencer

The failure of women to produce genius of the first rank in most of the supreme forms of human effort has been used to block the way of all women of talent and ambition for intellectual achievement.
Anna Garlin Spencer (1851–1931), U.S. educator, author, feminist, and Unitarian minister. Woman's Share in Social Culture, ch. 3 (1913).

On the rationalization that women should be denied access to intellectual opportunities because they had not yet demonstrated excellence equivalent to men's in intellectually demanding pursuits.
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