Thursday, 20 January 2011
HIGHER EDUCATION OF WOMEN (1866) book review
Title: HIGHER EDUCATION OF WOMEN (1866)
Author: EMILY DAVIES AND JANET HOWARTH
Before the time of the suffragettes, the Victorian idealisation of women as 'ministering angels' had the practical result of limiting their education to pointless 'accomplishments', providing little to occupy their minds. The author of this thought-provoking and ground-breaking book was the founder of Girton College, the first college to give women a university education. She was adamant that women should sit the same examinations as men, and was a leading early campaigner for women's suffrage. Her book makes a forthright and vigorous case for the extension of professional and university education to women. It would, she strongly believed, enrich women's minds, train them to think clearly about whatever they were involved in, and qualify them for the many professions to which they would be able to make a positive contribution. 193 paperback pages.
Published Price: £30.00
BIBLIOPHILE PRICE: £6