Women's Education In The 1800s

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Claim: Though an issue that has resolved on account of a mindset reform, Between 1826 to the early 21st Century, Women suffered from educational inequality because of the perceptions society had towards them.

“The education of girls and young adult women in Colonial America appeared to have received inadequate attention. A sex bias favored males in quality and quantity of educational opportunity, women's education in Colonial America was richer than is popularly conceived,” says Huey P Long, PhD in Education & Educational Research, obtained from Stanford University. This sex bias and unequal educational opportunity is best seen in 1826, when the first ‘schools’ for girls opened in New York and Boston. “The American Journal of Education wrote
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The end of the Revolutionary war marked the start of Republican Motherhood, a 20th-century term for an attitude toward women's roles present in the emerging United States, which taught its founders that it was useful to be prepared for any possibility, concurrently changing the mindsets and perceptions of people regarding women in society. “Themes of independence and self-reliance meant that the success of the nation required highly intelligent and virtuous citizens. They saw the education of women as one way to prepare the new country and its citizens for success. The expansion of women’s education was not meant for their own benefit but to place them in a position to mold future generations into good citizens and civic leaders,” states the National Women's History Museum. The mindset of the people in society was heavily impacted after the end of the Revolutionary War, and the way that it was exhibited was how an entire society’s perception of women maintaining a household not doing being involved in any work outside of the home was abridged to a small minority, known to us today as, “The Cult of…show more content…
This is seen through the ratifications of acts such as the Equal Education Opportunities Act of 1974, “which prohibits discrimination against students, including gender segregation of students, and requires school districts to take action to overcome barriers to students' equal participation,” and Title IX, “a comprehensive federal law that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded education program or activity,” both of which aim to eradicate the issue of gender discrimination in education. The continuation of assuring women an equal education from the 1833 to 2015 has occurred because of the myriad of successes women achieved after being given a chance. Education, like many other things, wasn’t a ‘birthright’ or privilege that women got like the majority of males did. In contrast, they were given one chance to prove their worthiness to society, and that chance didn’t go begging. 16 years after being granted an equal education by virtue of the Oberlin College, Elizabeth Blackwell went on to receive a medical degree from the Geneva College in New York, becoming the first woman in the American sub-continent to do so. And not to long after Blackwell received her Medical Degree, in 1931, Jane Addams became the first American woman to receive the
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