Women's Education In Colonial America

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In the 1700’s the level of women’s education in colonial America was immensely dependent on race class and location. The main purpose of education for women in the Colonial Time was to learn how to become skilled at household duties. These household duties were meant to assist the young woman in finding a suitable husband. Although, some women did have education, having one was looked down upon in the Colonial Times. In the South, only the necessary subjects were taught to the women. Those subjects included reading in order to study and read the bible, writing and arithmetic to document household expenses, music, etiquette, cooking and nursing. All of these subjects were taught and meant to be the necessary subjects for women in their daily …show more content…
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There were many reasons as to why women were not given the same educational opportunities the men were. The first one being women were expected to be housewives since the beginning of time. The women were expected to stay home and care for their children while their husbands worked. Most people felt that women did not have the need to be educated like the men and boys were. Some people believed that if women had the opportunity to be well educated it would ruin the marriage and eventually harm their mind. Normally, only daughters of the wealthy could receive and
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Women faced struggles because they were thought of as less than a man. Women’s abilities were limited because they had to follow certain traditions. For women in America, there were no equality rights. As a result of this, women began fighting for their rights by protesting. All the courageous women that led these protests started a movement called the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which outlawed discrimination based on gender. The relation this movement had with the education of women was because women were only taught the subjects that were seen of as “necessary” to that of motherhood, which in those times consisted of women staying home and caring for the children, cooking meals, and cleaning the house. Since this movement was such a powerful one, many writers were inspired to write about this and make notable the importance of women’s education. Sarah Josepha Hale was inspired and she tried to get the message across about education equality for women. Another important movement pertaining to the education of women was the Women’s Educational Equity Act (WEEA). The WEAA has been the only federal education program specifically focused on gender equity. Federal support of gender equality education has been minimal, uncoordinated, and inadequately focused on preventing discrimination. Talking about stereotypes, education can play a critical

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