Women 's Education During The Colonial Period Of America Essay

951 Words Nov 2nd, 2015 4 Pages
Throughout the Colonial Period of America, limitations surrounded education for women, reducing it to biblical teaching that lasted only through the primary years. As Enlightenment ideas settled in the country, the concepts of freedom, liberty, and equality pervaded revolutionary thought. In addition to shaping many nation-forming documents of the time, it engrained these Enlightenment concepts into the American identity. This identity led many minority groups in the new nation to question their place in this society and argue for rights previously denied to them. As women played an increasing role in the Industrial Revolution, they increasingly felt that they deserved rights previously reserved for men, like education. During the 1830s in the United States, the number of formal education systems for women increased with the rise of “marked” schools and the purpose of women’s education in lower grade levels shifted from focusing on the ideals of Republican Motherhood to the ideals of True Womanhood.
Although a few seminaries for women existed in the United States during this time, only the elite attended them. A few colleges formed to educate women and although these institutions taught a very similar curriculum to that of a liberal arts college for men, only elite women possessed the chance to enroll due to the cost and limited capacity of these institutions. As the call for education for women became louder, though, a push began for more accessible means of formal…

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