Can you for a moment imagine how depressing it is to teach five centuries of masculine ineptitude? Why do you think there are no female historians on TV? …I’ll tell you why. Because history is not such a frolic for women as it is for men. Why should it be? They never get around the conference table. In 1919 for instance they just arranged the flowers and then gracefully retired. History is a commentary on the various and continuing incapabilities of men. What is history? History is women following behind with the bucket.
Mrs Lintott in Alan Bennett’s ‘The History Boys’