Well the tedious exam is over, and onto the wonderful world of Victorian periodicals! I must say, of all the things I have ever read, 18th century literature takes me the longest to get through any of the texts I have encountered. Those Victorians really enjoyed making reading a frustrating task. Or I wonder if it has to do with maintaining the claim of Aristocratic intellectual superiority…. Well I have spent countless hours over the past few months sifting through The Wellesley Index, a database of Victorian periodicals, and have narrowed my research down to understanding the marriage potential of an educated woman vs. a non-educated woman. I am applying the term ‘educated woman’ to a woman that has studied beyond her domestic sphere, and the standard ‘girl’s education’. The fascinating thing I have discovered however, is the power of the press. Publications during the late 1800s actively associate an educated woman with a negligent wife and mother. But my main concern is, how much did women contribute to this view? Was it really all men pushing this idea, or did the majority of women also withhold the capability of their own sex and surrender to the domestic spheres of Victorian society?