"Well-behaved women seldom make history."
Laurel Thatcher Ulrich (1938-) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American historian specializing in early America and the history of women, and a professor at Harvard University.
You may have seen this famous quote appear everywhere - mugs, T-shirts, framed on someone's coffee table - but what's the story behind the quote? In 1976, Ulrich included it in her first published scholarly article about Puritan funeral sermons. The full sentence reads: "Well-behaved women seldom make history; against Antinomians and witches, these pious matrons have had little chance at all," - in reference to "virtuous women" who are overlooked by historians due to their subservient characters, and who "never asked to be remembered on earth".
Read Ulrich's full paper - "Vertuos Women Found: New England Ministerial Literature, 1668-1735"