“The Maiden Vow”

I have always wondered if math was inherently evil to men and women alike. Being an English teacher, I am sure it is surprising that math is not my favorite subject. I have often found it to be a challenge and believe everyone should conquer it at least once in their lifetime. (which I have done and now leave to stronger women than myself)

I find it hilarious that at one time the NEA wondered the same thing. Only they felt that Algebra was the pleasure of our young women and needed to be avoided at all cost in our public education arenas.

The Maiden’s Vow by: Alice Duer Miller (1874-1942)

“(A speaker at the National Education Association advised girls not to study algebra. Many girls, he said, had lost their souls through this study. The idea has been taken up with enthusiasm.)
I will avoid equations,
And shun the naughty surd,
I must beware the perfect square,
Through it young girls have erred:
And when men mention Rule of Three
Pretend I have not heard.

Through Sturm’s delightful theorems
Illicit joys assure,
Though permutations and combinations
My woman’s heart allure,
I’ll never study algebra,
But keep my spirit pure.”

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