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HS Unit II: Women's Struggle for Equal Rights, 1825 - 1930 Lesson A: Advocates for Higher Education
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Key Questions

1. What did women do to increase their access to higher education in nineteenth-century Massachusetts?

2. Why did these women focus their efforts on education?

3. Which attitudes about women's education changed over the course of the 1800s and which remained unchanged? Why?

Activity 1: The 1840s—How Things Stood for Women
Activity 2: Advocates for Female Education
Activity 3: Extended Research
Primary Sources
Related Mass Moments

"First Students Arrive at Mt. Holyoke Seminary"
Mary Lyon broke new ground in womenís higher education.

"Sophia Smith Endows New Women's College"
Northampton woman was first in U.S. to endow a college for women.

"Ellen Swallow Marries Robert Richards"
MITís first female graduate opened doors for other women.

"Alice Freeman and George Palmer Marry"
Wellesley Collegeís first woman president transformed the institution.

"Concord Women Cast First Votes"
In 1879 Massachusetts women gained the right to vote for school committee.

lesson image credit: Frances Perkins leading Ivy Parade, Mount Holyoke College; Courtesy Mount Holyoke College Archives and Special Collections