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Professor of Classical Philology in the George
Washington University
_Copyrighted 1907-1908_
The history of woman is the history of the world. Strait
orthodoxy may
remind us that man preceded woman in the scheme of
creation and that
therefore history does not begin with woman; but this is
a specious
plea. The first historical information that we gain
regarding Adam is
concerned with the creation of woman, and there is
nothing to show us
that prior to that time Adam was more active in mind or
even in body
than a mollusc. It was not until the coming of woman
that history began
to exist; and if the first recorded act of the woman was
disastrous in
its consequences, at least it possesses the distinction
of making
history. So that it may well be said that all that we
are we owe to
woman. Whether or not the story of the Garden of Eden is
to be
implicitly accepted, there can be no doubt that from the
moment of the
first appearance of mankind on the scene woman has been
the ruling cause
of all effect.
The record of woman is one of extremes. There is an
average woman, but