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Alfred Russel Wallace : Alfred Wallace : A. R. Wallace :
Russel Wallace : Alfred Russell Wallace (sic)

Woman: Her Brain, Mental Capacity,
and Character (S624a: 1906)

Editor Charles H. Smith's Note: Brief comments responding to an address of this title by Bernard Hollander delivered to the Ethological Society on 10 January 1906; printed on page 63 of the April 1906 issue of Ethological Journal. To link directly to this page, connect with: http://people.wku.edu/charles.smith/wallace/S624A.htm

     Dr. Alfred Russel Wallace: The subject is one on which I have no special knowledge, and the only suggestion I can make is, that perhaps it might be shown how the special mental peculiarities of women have arisen through selection of those who were in every way best fitted for the production and rearing of healthy children. Many, perhaps all of the characteristics mentioned, have almost certainly been thus evolved; and it is, in my opinion, one of the condemnations of our present social system, that it has led to the deterioration of a large proportion of the women both of the highest and the lowest social grades, in these most vital qualities.

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