She was denied a PhD by universities in the United States, (she graduated from Cornell in 1877) so she went to Europe, and in 1882 received the first PhD in linguistics given to a woman by the University of Zurich, Switzerland. She came home to the United States as Dean of Bryn Mawr College, the first women in the United States to hold the title of Dean. She said
"A woman can be a woman and a true one without having all her time engrossed by dress and society."
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