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of The Young Lady's Guide.
Here is another astonishing quote from one of those "old books" I've been reading: "At least, till the female sex are more carefully instructed, this question will always remain as undecided as to the degree of difference between the masculine and feminine understanding, as the question between the understandings of blacks and whites; for, until men and women, and until Africans and Europeans, are put more nearly on a par in the cultivation of their minds, the shades of distinction, whatever they be, between their native abilities, can never be fairly ascertained." 
The fight for the right for equal education for women and minorities since the 128 years when this was published has indeed proven both men and women, blacks and whites, to be on equal par in their abilities to both acquire and use knowledge according to how God has gifted them individually.
|Illustration taken from the title page|
of The Young Lady's Guide
I believe, however, the question is no longer whether or not women have the ability to obtain knowledge as well as men but in how and when those acquired abilities may be utilized outside the home without compromising the responsibilities of wife, mother, and often daughter of aging parents. There is indeed a time and season for everything under the sun (Ecclesiastes 3:1).
Sometimes these responsibilities may be shared with others, but many times it will be women who will refrain from work outside the home in order to fill these roles. Yet, if a young mother must work out of necessity, she should have the utmost support and help of all others in the family with shared responsibilities. Women can no better "have it all" and "do it all" than men could if they were left with the same care of home, children, and aging parents.
Truly, it is no longer a matter of ability in most cases but in discernment.
I would encourage you to read Mrs. More's entire treatise on the education of women. You can find a free online copy by following the link below  to find an online copy of The Young Lady's Guide. This will take you to the first page before the index. Scroll down the index and click on the link titled "Female Knowledge -- View of the Sexes," and it will take you to Hannah More's excerpt.
 American Tract Society, The Young Lady's Guide, taken from Mrs. Hannah More's "Female Knowledge -- View of the Sexes" (American Tract Society: New York, 1870), p. 296.