Education and Achievement-Blackboard

Education and Achievement-Blackboard - 3/30/2010 Psychology...

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3/30/2010 1 Psychology of Women Overview Why it matters A brief history of women’s education in America Current information on women in education Defining achievement Obstacles to educational success Environmental Intrapersonal The American educational system is the cornerstone of many of our values in society. It is a place in which our beliefs about the world, about people, and about our abilities and opportunities in life are developed and shaped. Educational level and content is a major influence on job choices, identity, income and quality of life.
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3/30/2010 2 1640 laws requiring that women be taught to read. Laws were difficult to enforce. 1826: first public high school for women Men and women were usually segregated in schools .
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3 Trained women to be successful wives and mothers. Curriculum: religious, moral, literary domestic, musical, artistic. Horace Mann, Catherine Beecher lobbied for women to be given greater opportunities to become teachers. 400 plus east-coast women in teaching positions throughout the West. Teaching provided women not only with a meaningful profession, but also, as time went on, with greater access to higher education . 1790’s: Women be sufficiently educated to be intellectual equals of their husbands and sons. Seneca Falls, New York 1848: women’s rights convention, the most important meeting of feminist leaders up to that time. Series of resolutions, patterned on the Declaration of Independence, that proposed the principle that men and women are equal and endowed with certain inalienable rights. Women should have not only equal educational opportunities, but also equal opportunities in the workplace. Important victory in 1920’s Ratification of the 19th Amendment. First time women had the right to vote. Opportunities to work expanded during the Second World War. Due to labor shortages, women began to work in many businesses and industries from which they had previously been excluded. Ex: “Rosie the Riveter”
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