Bertha Honore Potter Palmer


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  • ''Consider the value to the race of one-half of its members being enabled to throw aside the intolerable bondage of ignorance that has always weighed them down!''
    Bertha Honore Potter Palmer (1849-1918), U.S. socialite. "Address to the Dedicatory Ceremonies [of the Woman's Building, World's Columbian Exposition, Chicago, 1893]," (October 21, 1893). On the desirability of girls and women acquiring formal education, from which they had, until fairly recently, been barred.
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  • ''Even more important than the discovery of Columbus, which we are gathered together to celebrate, is the fact that the general government has just discovered women.''
    Bertha Honore Potter Palmer (1849-1918), U.S. socialite. As quoted in The Fair Women, ch. 10, by Jeanne Madeline Weimann (1981). Palmer, President of the Board of Lady Managers for the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, was speaking on October 21, 1892, at the fair's dedication ceremony. Columbus had sailed to America 400 years earlier—landing on October 12, however, not October 21.

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