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Women in Early America$
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Thomas A. Foster

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781479874545

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479874545.001.0001

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“The Need of Their Genius”

“The Need of Their Genius”

A Women’s Revolution in Early America

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Women in Early America

Mary C. Kelley

NYU Press

This chapter examines the post-revolutionary transformation in women's education, both formal and informal. Mary C. Kelley argues that an education that began to approach the learning acquired at the male colleges opened the door to the choices women were able to make throughout the nineteenth century. Employing the benefits of their schooling, women redefined themselves and entered public life as educators, as writers, as editors, and as reformers.

Keywords:   women’s education, public life, schooling

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