This really isn’t a quote by Darwin, rather it is one about him. It concerns the higher education of women – in particular in the sciences:
It has occurred to me that many lovers of science, and others interested in the higher education of women (whom I cannot otherwise address), will be glad to assist the efforts now being made by the science students of Girton and Newnham Colleges to raise about £800 needed for a physical and biological laboratory for women in Cambridge. The present provision for practical work is very inadequate and the number of students has largely increased, while the colleges are at present unable to afford the sum required.” Our correspondent mentions that she has already received donations amounting to about £30 (including five guineas from Mr. Charles Darwin [emphasis mine - afarensis]), and will most gratefully acknowledge any further help.
I’m not sure how large or small a sum five guineas represents, but clearly he approved of women in science or he wouldn’t have donated the money…
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