Leta Stetter Hollingworth: Nebraska’s Transformational Force

Leta Hollingworth helped get women the right to vote 100 years ago. She was considered the "scientific bulwark" of the suffragette movement. She conducted research studies to demonstrate that women were equal in intelligence to men. It was "scientific fact" 100 years ago that since women had smaller brains, they were, therefore, less intelligent than men. Darwin came up with "variability hypothesis," that males were more variable, therefore, there were more male geniuses as well as more males who were intellectually disabled. Leta dismantled the variability hypothesis, which went a long way toward discrediting the arguments that women were not smart enough to vote, not smart enough to go to college, not worthy of scholarships, and not capable of innovation.
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