From a nearly 300-year-old book by a woman author I helped re-issue:

"For first, I know it will be said, What has Woman to do with Learning? This I have known urged by some Men, with an Envy unbecoming that greatness of Soul, which is said to dignify their Sex. [...] Where is the Fault in Womens seeking after Learning? why are they not to be valu'd for acquiring to themselves the noblest Ornaments? what hurt can this be to themselves? what Disadvantage to others?"

-- Elizabeth Elstob

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The famed "Saxon Nymph," Elizabeth Elstob was a major figure in 18th-century Anglo-Saxon antiquarianism at a time when education was often closed to women. Born in 1683, she was raised by an uncle who discouraged her education. Nevertheless, she eventually became proficient in eight languages and made major contributions to the field.

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Link to purchase, with a large paperback with (hopefully) full-cover facsimile images coming later this year -- books2read.com/elstob-graham

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