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I was just reading a letter, “Woman’s Growing Up” by Alice Stone Blackwell in “The New York Times,” dated, 8/11/1915.  In it she recalled: “Dr. Emily Blackwell once said to me: “No woman whose memory does not go back sixty years can conceive of the iron wall that ringed around every woman who wanted to do anything in the least out of the common grove. Such a woman was simply crushed. Those who were of such a character that they could not be crushed . . . had to break a pathway through for themselves and others.” Hip, hip hurrah for the legions of female pathbreakers –  and the men of good will who supported them.

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