As mentioned above, women’s role were unjust to the roles and freedoms of the men, so an advanced education for women was a strongly debated subject at the beginning of the nineteenth century (McElligott 1). The thought of a higher chance of education for women was looked down upon, in the early decades of the nineteenth century (The American Pageant 327). It was established that a women’s role took part inside the household. “Training in needlecraft seemed more important than training in algebra” (327). Tending to a family and household chores brought out the opinion that education was not necessary for women (McElligott 1).
The Revolution was fought during a time when women had no rights and were not considered equal to men, but Fast wrote this book well after the women’s rights movement. Because of this difference in how women and their roles were viewed, he does not make them out to be a crucial part, however, in parts of April Morning Fast subtly includes how women were important in the beginning of the Revolution. An example of women not being seen as a heavy influence is in the beginning of the book when Adam told his mother he was going to the common to see what all the hype was about whether she approved or not (pg. 57). Adam did not care to hear what his mother had to say about him going to the common, so her input on this situation was completely ignored.
Women were to be pure, domestic, and submissive and these traits could not be achieved through education. The education of women was thought to disrupt the social balance of time, but in the Victorian Period women were educated because they were mothers of men. They wanted women to teach their children so they had to be educated. Women were stripped of their rights and dignity, but they were finally free to break through the co... ... middle of paper ... ...#ixzz1n2XYg3k0 History of the Education of Women | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/facts_7433340_history-education-women.html#ixzz1n3MGmvdE "Women in Education." American Decades.
Madison Jacks Professor Griffin ENG 251-02 07 October 2014 Women Should Have rights Too Why can women not have the same rights men do? Women have come a long way in equal rights but in the 1800’s women did not have the same rights as men. Women were almost considered “second-class” compared to men. Women could not own land, vote, or even have custody of their children in a divorce (Goff). Even in the 19th Century there were women who knew that women could do the same things as men, but men thought then, and even some today, think that women are just not capable.
Women were restrained from going to universities and professional schools. In addition to the educational limitations, women challenged gender stereotypes from the scientists and philosophers. Some educated and professional men from the elite class feared that women will not play their traditional roles in the home and workplace after getting education. Prohibiting women from schools and universities hindered the social and economic advancement. However with the beginning of twentieth century, women started to fight for equal rights and changed the stereotypical views of their role in the society.
Many women were angered by this sexual discrimination and decided to do something about it. Brave women organized lobbyist groups and founded women-only colleges in order to prove that, they too, were worthy of an education. Female perseverance in attending medical school resulted in growing numbers on the medical scene. A few female patients realized that they preferred a female doctor since they perceived that women understood their problems much better than male doctors did. Despite this, it was still frowned upon by men to work alongside a woman.
Women didn’t start getting the same degrees as men till the mid 1800’s. Major degrees that women began getting were bachelor degrees and medical degrees. In the late 1920’s there was a thought that went around which said that is a women went to college that she would never get married because she was to in... ... middle of paper ... ...fitable, employment. "” In this time women were working in unsafe environments for very low wages and for long hours. The Bureau fought to change these working conditions for the women to make it more pleasant for them to work and for them to be able to make a living off of it also.
Along with how they were treated, how the public viewed them wasn’t much different. Early on when women attended college it was believed that who studied the same as men would not be able to produce children. Though these facts would later to be found unproven, the belief held very strong in the 1890’s that a women who goes to college would have a hard time finding a husband, seeing as men didn’t like women who were smarter than them. And this subsequent inability to get married would lead to social and cultural isolation. Of course as we know today all these things would later prove untrue, these beliefs held strong in the 1890’s.
However, most of the doctors replied that they thought it impossible, that a woman would not be able to endure the rigors of a medical education, and that they feared the competition that women doctors would bring. Elizabeth persisted, finally making her way to Philadelphia, a city famous for its study in medicine, to stay with Dr. Elder, one of the few supporters of her education. Once here she continued writing letters and actually found many friends who agreed to support her cause, but unfortunately universities were not included in this list of friends. Elizabeth then pursued an education at the University of Geneva in New York where the Medical Faculty and students agreed to accept her. While at first the university cared about the press coverage that Elizabeth’s spot would bring, she eventually established her rightful place as a student there.
The Reason Women Given the Vote in 1918 Women were not treated as equals with men before the second half of the eighteenth century. They had to marry, obey their husbands and have children, only receiving little education. In the eyes of the law they had little power and men were their superiors. For example, once they were married, everything they owned belonged to their husband, this meant that if they separated the women would be left with nothing, not even her children, as they too, belonged solely to the husband. Around 1850, the rights of women started to change, as laws were made to improve women's education and rights in marriage.