Quotation by Virginia Woolf

Young women ... you are, in my opinion, disgracefully ignorant. You have never made a discovery of any sort of importance. You have never shaken an empire or led an army into battle. The plays by Shakespeare are not by you, and you have never introduced a barbarous race to the blessings of civilization. What is your excuse?
Virginia Woolf (1882–1941), British novelist. A Room of One's Own, ch. 6 (1929).

This was originally a paper read to the women students of Cambridge University.
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