In 1928, the PopSci staff chose these 31 men (among them George Washington, Ulysses S. Grant, Abraham Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson and Thomas Jefferson) as examples of masculine genius. On the adjacent page, there is only one portrait. “The one woman genius of science – Madame Curie, discoverer of radium.”
Writer Prescott Lecky argues that women, by nature, are imitators and followers, while men are originators of great ideas. As evidence, he points out that history’s important characters and leaders have almost all been men. After all, if a woman were clever enough to be president, wouldn’t she have been elected already? “In short, all the records point to the inevitable conclusion that women have failed to measure up to men in practically every field for which statistics are available.”
Read the full story in Are Women As Smart As Men?