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Sam GustinHistory 220Professor Huebel10152013Young European women sitting in their rooms secretly studying behind everyones back just because theyre thirsting for a solid education cramming as much knowledge in their head because their culture tells them that they cant physically nor mentally receive an education equal to men These were the times and the ways of the European society in the nineteenth century Not only were females looked upon as a lesser denominator in these demanding times but they also initially werent legally capable of receiving a sound education that men were obtaining Even upper-class girls werent capable of receiving an equal education as men due to many different variables their parents being one of them Due to a misinformed society obtaining a sound education on the same grounds as men was extremely difficult for young women during the nineteenth century in Europe Many European cultures during this time where very misinformed compared to what we know today Many individuals believed that women couldnt perform up to mans standard because of their sex and their sexs bodily functions Henry Maudsley points this out in his writing Sex in Mind and Education Maudsley believed that puberty in young girls affected them differently than puberty affected males and that if education was brought into their lifestyle during this important phase of their life that it could potentially disturb the female health He writes at each recurring period there are all the preparations for conception and nothing is more necessary than the preservation of female health than that these changes should take place regularly and completely Maudsley 467 The culture in the nineteenth century somewhat supports Maudsleys beliefs Many people believed at this time that if women were to get an education it should be after a certain female has already had children In the essay Womens History Britain 1850-1945 Mcdermid states it was believed that too much education could result in infertility through overstraining the delicate female constitution
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