Women's Education In The 1800s

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Science always fascinated people regardless young or old, male or female. From the beginning of human development, hundreds of cultures tried their luck with new inventions and scientific explanations. Every development was founded on the drive to explain the surrounding world in an easy way and try to understand every part of it. Often it was luck or the product of hard work over years and months of calculation and experiments. Looking back into history, every culture had its own unique way to make our nature understandable. Important discoveries were made in almost every period of our history like the theory of a heliocentric star system, the invention of the automobile and the discovery of the main laws of physics. All these
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Many women slowly started to gain interest in books and scientific topics which often contained topics like Geology, Botany or Chemistry. “Until the 19th century, girl´s education was restricted to informal learning at ‘Dame Schools’.”(Barnett, p.6) These schools were often run by all female teachers and provided a basic education in reading and writing for upper-class female students. These schools often used books written by male scientists published especially for women like the popular book “Familiar Lectures On Botany” which sold until 1872 in just 50 years over 275,000 times. Over time and especially around the year 1900 education was still a luxury article but through the developments of the industrial revolution wealth could spread easier and education material like books and paper were cheaper available. But this development was not without criticism. Many male scientists believed that education had negative effects on the health of the female body which could bring serious dangerous to the human culture. As we know today these concerns were clearly unfounded. Although not every woman saw an education in a “Dame School” as the best way because “all women college faculty had to be single [and] if they decided to marry they had to resign”(Barnett 6). Because of that fact women often decided to live a family life without a higher education. The possibility to combine family file with a career in science was not possible until the last 60 years until the 1950s countries like Italy or Germany had laws in place which prohibited for female teachers to be married. Overall the 1800 and 1900 hundreds really made a difference in the development of women rights in the field of science especially through the inventions of the industrial revolution new and cheaper possibilities for educations could be used. Furthermore, political developments like the school attendance law of Napoleon or

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