They have the faculty.
The brother comes into this city; no man knows his name; his purse is empty; his word would not be worth five dollars, and his opinion less; he lives here a dozen years, walks up and down Wall Street, and finally his name counts for millions.
Why was it?
He clutched at all the opportunities which society gave him; he made himself a force; he garnered around himself the influences of life and business connections.
Why should not woman?
does not hinder her. There is nothing on the statute-book to forbid.
One large, ugly, irreconcilable fact of a woman worth ten millions by her own toil, would be worth quartos of statute-books.
Why does she not make it?
Because you do not let her; because it is reputable for a boy to go and make money, and it is not reputable for his sister; because fashion says to the girl that earns her own bread, “You are tabooed;” while fashion says to the boy that does not earn his own bread, “You are a poppinjay.”
The consequence is that one earns his own bread, and his place in the world's panorama besides; the other lacks it. Where is the remedy?
You cannot be legislated into it. Nothing can help you up at Albany
No ballot-box will help you, except indirectly.
Issue your edict.
The medical profession is full of prizes.
The men that gain them occupy a large space before the world.
Why does not woman obtain some of them?
Why does she not clutch the largest culture and discipline, and gain the greatest prizes?
If every woman said, “When I need, in extremest peril, the aid of science, I will take it only at a sister's hand,” do you suppose there is a college in the broad United States
that would dare to shut the doors of its opportunities against a woman?
Not for an hour.
I want to urge it upon your attention that large as is