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Possibilities and Limitations

Education and White Middle-class Womanhood
  • Margaret A. Nash

Abstract

Advanced education for women and men was more similar than it was different in both curricula and pedagogy between 1780 and 1840. Although there were those who believed that brains were sexed and that women’s brains were less capable of study, the predominant rhetoric was one of equal ability. Educators believed that the type of learning that would best prepare women for their future roles was basically the same education that prepared men for theirs. There was a general consensus that women had the same intellectual capabilities as men, could enjoy intellectual pursuits as much as men, and that their lives would be similarly enriched. Teachers and students alike were motivated by a strong belief in the value of learning for its own sake, and the joys inherent in learning.

Keywords

Female Education Political Equality Young Lady Woman Suffrage Early Republic 
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