Campus Units

History

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

2008

Journal or Book Title

Women, Science, and Myth: Gender Beliefs from Antiquity to the Present.

First Page

213

Last Page

221

Abstract

Evolution of the American educational system has been shaped in multiple ways by concepts of appropriate gender roles and the value of different types of learning. In colonial America, while some schools offered boys and girls the same coursework, other teaching both reflected and reinforced gender divisions (Nash 2005). Some towns limited girls' training to basic reading and arithmetic, assuming that academics would prove less valuable to women than domestic skills such as sewing. Even as public high schools began to open over subsequent decades, they similarly focused the education of girls on cultivating them to become good wives and mothers. Poverty and race also determined girls' educational access. And although laws in some parts of the South banned teaching slaves to read and write, some owners cultivated slaves' literacy to enhance their usefulness or enable them to read the Bible.

Comments

This chapter is published as "Women's Education," Women. Science, and Myth: Gender Beliefs from Antiquity to the Present. Sue Rosser, ed. (Santa Barbara: ABC-Clio, 2008): 213-22 1. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

ABC Clio

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf