“However, rebukes and sneers or even ridicule are weapons against which earnestness and determination are proof. Thus I went on trembling, but undaunted, through the theological school and passed the ordeal of ordination which was somewhat bitterly contested. In spite of the prophecy of an opposing student that ‘if she sought an appointment to preach there would be a gradual turning up of noses,’ I found a pastorate immediately and have never once met the appalling reception predicted by the student. But on the other hand, after some forty-eight years of almost continuous preaching, I can say that on the whole, I have met a most favorable and kindly reception in both the East and the West and feel convinced that no profession is so well suited to women in their various relations of wife, mother, or housekeeper as the ministry.”
–Rev. Olympia Brown, Acquaintences, Old and New, Amongst Reformers. Milwaukee: S.E. Tate Publishing Company, 1911: 30-31.