This study, first published in 1980, argues that higher education for women was accepted by the end of the nineteenth-century, and higher education was becoming a desirable preparation for teachers in girls’ schools. By accepting the opponents’ claim that higher education for women had the potential to revolutionise relations between the sexes, this fascinating book demonstrates how the relevance of the nineteenth-century serves to enhance our understanding of the contemporary women’s movement. This title will be of interest to students of history and education.
Table of Contents
List of Illustrations; Preface; 1. Politics of Aspiration: Education for the Middle Classes 2. Education and the Ideal of Womanhood 3. Women and the Economy 4. Woman’s Intellectual Capacity 5. Education and Sex 6. Religion and Woman’s Education 7. The Ideal of Womanhood Confronts Reality 8. The Opposition’s Influence on Higher Education for Women 9. Conclusion; Select Bibliography; Index