"they would occupy the seats in mere disappointed puzzlement."
John Burgon, the Dean of Chichester Cathedral at a sermon at New College Oxford stated,
"Has the university seriously considered the inevitable consequences of this wild project?"
and followed this with
"Inferior to us God made you, and our inferiors to the end of time you will remain"
Women could not take degrees at Oxford or at Cambridge until 1920.
To think this was just a hundred and thirty years ago! Equality for women has moved on from this thank goodness but we're not there yet.