The most pervasive and enduring complaint issued by intelligent women of past and present society has been the observation that no matter what abilities or individual talents they may possess

The most pervasive and enduring complaint issued by intelligent women of past and present society has been the observation that no matter what abilities or individual talents they may possess, they are judged not on the basis of their own merit but in comparison with and by the standards of, put simply, “a man’s world.” Intellect, ambition, wisdom — such is the dominion of masculinity, and a woman may never be an initiate; the most she can hope for is to be an associate of sorts, a kind of privileged sidekick who can bridge the gap — but only with her husband to validate such a venture.