Manuscripts/Mixed Material Letter from Alexander Graham Bell to Mabel Hubbard Bell, March 28, 1901
What I mean is, that parents have no right to keep their children in ignorance so as to allow them to grow up as a danger to the community in which they live, and it is therefore the duty of the community to see that they are educated. Well, now, I will stop, and read this through and see if there is any sense in the whole thing.
Miss Safford suggests that it would be difficult to find an uneducated millionaire to be excluded by your rule — unless indeed the millionaire should be a female. I am afraid that a very large proportion of the persons who inherit their wealth are females. The laws of the country have left them so unprotected that their husbands and fathers seek to protect them by settling property upon them — and you would take away the protection afforded by the property by placing it at the mercy of THOSE WHO DO NOT OWN IT.