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The role of women in learning and education underwent a gradual change in the Afro-Eurasian world and the Americas between the 11th and 15th centuries As societies in Africa Middle East India China Europe and America grew more complex they created new rights and new restrictions for women In all regions of the world but the Middle East society allowed women to maintain education in order to support themselves and their occupations Women slaves in the Middle East were however prized on their intelligence In Africa women were trained in culinary arts In India women learned how to read and write with the exception of the sacred verses of the Vedas In China and India Buddhism helped women gain ground in maintaining education in Buddhism allowed and encouraged women to join religion and education as equal to men While in China a few women were Buddhist scholars the Neo-Confucianists excluded women from the politics and educational system to prevent the power of women in government Upper class women commonly had more opportunities for higher education then the lower class Women in Europe and America lived more freely and openly than in other societies European upper class women were able to read and write become apprentices in towns and perform family medicine and some were caught with English Bibles Noble and urban women had better chances of education than the common and rural women In America likewise everyone attended school and the aristocratic women schooled to be priestesses On the other hand upper class Muslim women in India were covered by veils and had less access to educational material than the commoners Women began to dominate the professional working world in culinary works textiles arts medicine and as slaves in almost all six regions Considered physically inferior to men in all societies women never occupied areas of heavy work military combat or long distance trade but these professions did not require much education Women of the
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