The well-educated young woman of 1950 will blend art and sciences in a way we do not dream of; the science will steady the art and the art will give charm to the science. This young woman will marry—yes, indeed, but she will take her pick of men, who will by that time have begun to realize what sort of men it behooves them to be.
Ellen Henrietta Swallow Richards (1842–1911), U.S. chemist and educator. As quoted in The Life of Ellen H. Richards, ch. 11, by Caroline L. Hunt (1912).
Written sometime during the 1870s in a paper entitled "The College Woman in 1950." Richards was responding implicitly to the often-expressed fear that education would reduce women's attractiveness to men and competitiveness for marriage offers.