Letter from Alexander Graham Bell to Mabel Hubbard Bell, March 28, 1901
The ignorant will always be a danger to any community — let us have as few of them as we possibly can. But just as soon as we GAG those we have — will they express their sentiment by acts instead of words, — blood shed and violence instead of argument. And as a question of right — under republican institutions — the ignorant have as much RIGHT to be represented as the educated.
And so with women — who are — on the average more intelligent and better educated than men — at least in America. The bulk of the men go to work early, and the preponderance of girls in the high schools of the country is very marked. The girls who receive a high school education so enormously outnumber the boys as quite to outweight the preponderance of males receiving a university education. While women do not, excepting in very exceptional cases, reach as high a point in education as men, still, taken as a whole the general level of intelligence and culture is, I think, indisputably higher among women than men, and the difference becomes more marked as you go down in the social scale.
In fact, there is no comparison between the mental condition of the men who follow the lower manual occupations in the United States (ordinary laborers, farm laborers, and other unskilled workers) and the women who come from the same families. The women stand upon a much higher intellectual plane because they have received a greater amount of education. And yet what monstrous inequality from a political point of view.
I am quite sure that you are much better able to vote intelligently