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Question by Bonnie N: When were women allowed a formal education?
I am comparing genders in education and am wondering when women were allowed education along with males.

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Answer by iblockidiots
Women were always allowed education.

Where women were not educated, neither were men.

Perhaps maybe in ancient Greece were women not allowed education. But that might have been a good thing since most teachers of the time were pedophiles.

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Comments (4)

  1. happiness99 said on 11-06-2014

    in England it was in the Victorian period when all children under the age of (14?) had to go to school. they were educated boys and girls. but different subject for boys and girls.

    do you mean when they were taught the same stuff?

  2. Tracey said on 11-06-2014

    It depends on where you’re studying. It would have varied all over the world. In some parts of Asia, women/girls are still not allowed an education.

  3. The Mrs. said on 11-06-2014

    American girls began going to school in the 1770’s, if they were wealthy they were formally educated before that, privately. I am not sure when they began going to college, but there were women graduation with medical doctorates as early as the 1850’s in the U.S. So for quite a while….

  4. Louise C said on 11-06-2014

    Women have always been allowed formal education, though formal education for all children has only been an ideal since about the mid-19th century.

    There was always a large proportion of people of both sexes who could not read or write, and many for whom formal education never went beyond basic reading and writing and simple arithmetic. Practical skills were more important for most people.

    Girls were educated in ancient Greece and Rome, it was usual for women to be able to read and write, though most would not have had the same degree of education as boys. For girls, learning the practical skills to run a household would have been the most important part of their education. But some women did manage to make their mark as writers, Sappho’s poetry was admired more than any other poet in ancient Greece except for Homer.

    Girls were often educated at home, though in medieval times for instance there were schools that educated children of both sexes. And upper-class girls sometimes went as boarders to nunneries. Among the upper classes it was quite usual for girls to be more literate than boys, because reading and writing were sometimes regarded as effeminate pursuits, a boy’s proper occupation was warfare. Grammar schools were normally only for boys, and in england universities were open only to male students, though the proportion of boys who went there was tiny compared to the number who go today.

    Education for girls was of a fairly low standard during the 17th and 18th centuries, but from the early 19th century in America, and the mid-19th century in the UK, it was increasingly the case that all children were expected to attend school. The second half of the 19th century was when women began to go to college, by 1880 there were about 40,000 female students in college in America, about a third of the student population.

    The 19th century was really the beginning of universal education for all children, but it is important to remember that a large proportion of boys, as well as girls, would not have received much or any formal education prior to this time.

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