The history of women’s education in the US

The expansion of both secondary and tertiary public education that began in 1867 and lasted until the early 20th century created greater opportunities for women. Between 1867 and 1915, 304 new colleges and universities were established, bringing the American total to 563 such institutions.

Hello and welcome to my blog! As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I watched the 1st season of AnnE and I loved it. I won’t spoil it for you but here are my major takeaways from the history lesson I got watching it:

  • Women werent allowed to get an education at some time in history, then they were allowed to go to school but were pulled out when they came of age to be groomed into marriage by learning how to cook and clean.
  • It was taught that a womens place was the kitchen and she was to keep her opinions to herself and must be poised all the time. Any temper outburst and the girl was deemed brazen.
  • Women didnt work, unless they worked on a farm (collecting eggs and cooking and cleaning) or in fashion or as a teacher. Many jobs were considered unsuitable for women.
  • Men and women didnt communicate with eachother at all. Men only spoke to women (even if that woman was a sister or wife) when they needed something.
  • If a women wanted to be an author, she had to go under a male pen name in order for her work to be accepted (Jane Eyre was the exception).
  • Periods were considered shameful and girls would stay home from school when they had them. Not under any circumstances was a boy to know you had your period or it was mortifying. Even the males of the family avoided the entire house when a female had her period, like it’s something scary.
Women Finally Got To Attend Universities In The 18th & 19th Century. It was in the 19th century that the blossoming of higher education for women really started to accelerate around the world.

I kind of knew all these things at the back of my head but I still found it shocking to see these things on screen. The actors and directors made a beautiful portrayal of these ideas.

Women such as Mary Wollstonecraft, Frances Wright and Margaret Fuller were radical pioneers that advocated for women's rights to the same educational opportunities as men.

There are many issues raised in this series, but in this post, I want to focus on education. I’m so grateful that my parents put a great emphasis on education, including higher education. They may have overdone it to the point where I now tie my worth to my achievements, but because of my dad struggle to make sure we had the best education, I went to a great school and a great university. I have a thirst for knowledge because of the love for books that my dad instilled in me since I was little. I went to a private school and a private university. It wasn’t cheap. I don’t know how much my school costed but university was 10,000 USD a year and I had to study 5 years to get my Pharmacy degree. That’s besides boarding and transportation because I lived in Beirut for 5 years and cane home on the weekends.

United States: Established in 1836, Georgia Female College in Macon, Georgia, opened its doors to students on January 7, 1839. Now known as Wesleyan College, it was the first college in the world chartered specifically to grant bachelor’s degrees to women.

Is education important where you live? Do girls get the same chance of education as girls? How many people in your family are educated? Is education important to you? Nowadays there are many ways to learn. Masterclasses, workshops, online courses, and of course school and university. Some education is relatively free and some is expensive. It all depends on how much money and time you can invest in education and how important it is to you. I think education is very important but I believe school isnt for everyone. Nowadays there are many ways for people to learn what they’re passionate about without needing to attend school, but school is a good place to socialize and make friends.

I found these statistics very interesting. The literacy rates in the US is 99% while in Lebanon its 94%. That’s pretty good compared to other countries.

17 responses to “The history of women’s education in the US”

  1. Did you read the Anne books? They were my favorites growing up. I think I wanted to be a writer because of Anne. I recently read a biography of L.M Montgomery called “House of Dreams: the life of L.M. Montgomery.” It was very interesting to see what her life and marriage was like. She and her husband suffered from depression.

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    1. No I have never read any of the Anne books, but I definitely need to add them to my tbr pile.

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      1. They are wonderful. In especially like Anne of the Island when Anne goes to college.

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        1. One more thing about women and education. My husband’s grandmother went to UCLA and was in the first class that graduated women.

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        2. I look forward to reading them

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  2. I really enjoyed my years at university. I wouldn’t go back to school again at this point, but I do like taking online courses that are self-paced and you don’t have to submit assignments for.

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    1. University is an amazing experience. I enjoyed mine too but I wouldnt go again either. Self paced online courses are awesome!

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  3. Education is so important, and especially for women. It empowers us to think rationally and not follow blindly, helps us to earn, make us keen to learn and keep learning and also help to inculcate the same in children. 💟

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  4. very well researched article

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  5. Hello
    This is a nice article
    I’m doing my project on education and I would love you to support me by visiting my page ….. thanks 🙏 in advance

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