To understand the splendor of the women of the Renaissance, it is not necessary to be a student of history. One has but to turn to Shakespeare to know these women in the flesh. Beatrice, Portia, Rosalind, Isabel, Viola, Constance – brave and witty, executive and adventurous, saintly and ardent, agonized and enduring – they give us perfume of that glowing time as no historian can hope to do. So successful are they, so enterprising, that it has been said that in the 20th century Shakespeare would undoubtedly have been a suffragist – and perhaps a militant.
- Bernice Forbes-Robertson Hale
Cite: The Kinship of Women: A Celebration of Enduring Friendship by Pat Ross