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Higher Education for Women

One of the great controversies of the Victorian period was whether women ought to be allowed to obtain a university education. Arguments raged on both sides of the issue, with men (and women) declaring that such an education, besides being wholly unnecessary for the female mind, would transform women from all that was good and pure and dainty and feminine to... well, men! Many felt that the female mind was incapable of handling higher education without actually damaging a woman's delicate mental system.

Please visit The Education of the Victorian Woman for more about this controversy, details of colleges and degree programs especially for women, women's vocational and artistic training, and more.

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CFM = Cassell's Family Magazine GOP = Girl's Own Paper ILA = Illustrated London Almanack S = The Strand
AM = Atlantic Monthly C = Century Magazine D = Demorest's Monthly Magazine G = Godey's Lady's Book H = Harper's Monthly
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