The only trouble here is they won't let us study enough. They are so afraid we shall break down and you know the reputation of the College is at stake, for the question is, can girls get a college degree without ruining their health?
Ellen Henrietta Swallow Richards (1842–1911), U.S. chemist and educator. As quoted in The Life of Ellen H. Richards, ch. 3, by Caroline L. Hunt (1912).
Written in an October 4, 1868, letter to her parents when she was a student at Vassar College. At the time, some people believed that women's health was delicate, and their health would be damaged if they were subjected to rigorous study.