Women's Education in America: Collections
Among the developments in nineteenth-century America, women’s access to education grew significantly, with the opportunity to become both teachers and learners expanding as the decades progressed. Gale's Women's Studies Archive is an essential resource for researchers who are looking to explore this history in depth.
In the early part of the nineteenth century, very few girls received an education and those who had the option attended dame schools, which started in the eighteenth century and focused on basic literacy. It wasn't until the Common School Movement of the 1840s and 1850s that girls could take their education further, being permitted to attend town schools, though usually at a time when boys were not in attendance.