Philobiblon: Check your forehead

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Check your forehead

From the only edition of the Lady's Journal (October 1693):

"Women may apply themselves to the Liberal Arts and Sciences. ... Their Forehead is generally high, rais'd and broad, which is the usual token of an ingenious and inventive person."
Time to look in the mirror ....

from, R. Iliffe and F. Wilmouth, "Astronomy and the domestic sphere: Margaret Flamsteed and Caroline Herschel as Assistant-Astronomers,' in Women, Science and Medicine 1500-1700: Mothers and Sisters of the Royal Society (L. and S. Hutton ed), Sutton, 1997, p. 242.

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