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Meekness humility gentleness love purity self-renunciation subjection of will The fairest flowers which our fallen world can produce womans virtues according to the most acceptable definition of the natural order in society Melder 2 Men and women occupied totally different social situations Between 1815 and 1840 the circumstances of womens lives changed in a number of ways especially in education under law and in the attitudes influencing womans social status The most significant phase of American womens education before 1850 was the female seminary movement which in its serious phase began about 1815 Emma Willard the founder of one of the earliest seminaries wrote the first comprehensive design for a female institution of learning to be circulated in America Plan for Improving Female Education Melder 16 In 1821 she began The Troy Female Seminary which became one of the most advanced and famous institutions for educating women in the United States Catherine Beecher like Emma Willard sought to change the emphasis in the curriculum from fashionable subjects to more substantial courses including Latin philosophy history chemistry and mathematics She created The Hartford Female Seminary considered a model building with its large hall seating 150 pupils at writing desks a library dressing room and nine recitation roomsDavis 399 One of the most useful contributions of the seminary movements before 1850 centered around making school teaching a major vocation for women Women replaced men as teachers first in the New England states during the 1830s and spread through other regions in the 1840s School reformers believed that the introduction of women teacher would not only be economical but that the influx of females would raise the quality of instructionMelder 25 Education gave women practical experience in leadership as well as examples to follow yet produced a double standard in learning limited opportunities to use their new knowledge and the pattern of unequal pay for the same work as men Further evidence of the changing status of American
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