Compare & Contrast The Rivals by Richard Brinsley Sheridan

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Eighteenth Century: A small group of women intellectuals, nicknamed "bluestockings," claims to be the equal of male intellectuals, but they are both rare and resented. Samuel Johnson expresses a typical sentiment when he remarks about a female preacher, "A woman's preaching is like a dog walking on his hinder legs. It is not well done; but you are surprised to find it done at all."

Today: While women professionals and intellectuals no longer suffer such ridicule for their accomplishments, they do not necessarily command equal pay or respect compared to their male counterparts.

Eighteenth Century: Formal education is available only for men, and being costly, only for landed or wealthy men. A handful of daughters of enlightened fathers enjoy home tutoring, and a few philanthropists try to provide education for less affluent young men. For the middle class, an education is the marker and the passkey for...

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