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Many men knew that if women were educated, they would not depend on the men. For centuries, only men were educated. In the 1800, women started to come out of their house and reached for the education in colleges. Most people were antagonistic to having women go to college and having the same education as men. They thought that women should just take care of their husband and kids. The society thought that coed colleges were more barbaric, because they thought that men and women could not work together. The women’s colleges became a light for the women in 1800’s. Women learned to stand up for their rights by getting educated in college. In the early 1800s, there were an increasing number of women’s colleges, but the public was against women attending to college. Even intelligent men like Charles W. Eliot thought that it was foolish to send women to college. “Charles W.Eliot, the President of Harvard College, who was against the formation of the colleges, arguing that women were not as intelligent as men” (Harwarth 4). Most people were like Eliot; thinking that men are supreme than women. “Public opinion did not consider women’s colleges either a wise investment or worthwhile educational endeavor” (Harwarth 4). The public did not know that educated women were just as academically capable as men. Dr. Edward Clarke, a retired Harvard medical school professor, published a treatise in 1873. “After observing several students at women’s colleges, he wrote that if women used their “limited energy” on studying, they would endanger their “female apparatus””(Harwarth 5). Clarke basically suggested that women should stop attending colleges because it was a risk their uterus and ovaries. There is a chunk of methodology and lack of statistics i... ... middle of paper ... ...ntelligent as men. It shock the public like a lightning struck the ground. As the men were had to fight a war,so women got an opportunity to attend college and find a job. By the late 1800’s, public acknowledge the intelligence of women. Never underestimate the intelligence of females. Works Cited Harwarth, Irene, Mindi S. Maline, and Elizabeth DeBra. Women's Colleges in the United States: History, Issues, and Challenges. Washington, DC: National Institute on Postsecondary Education, Libraries, and Lifelong Learning, U.S. Dept. of Education, 1997. Print. Jeynes, William. American Educational History: School, Society, and the Common Good. Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications, 2007. Print. "NWHM Exhibit: The History of Women and Education." NWHM Exhibit: The History of Women and Education. Web. 20 Mar. 2014. .

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