Why Should a Woman Be Learned or Wise? The Rise of Women's Colleges
Lucy Hayes: Education, Arts, Letters and Ideas
Skill: High School/College
Time Required: One to several class periods
Lucy Webb Hayes was the first First Lady to graduate from college (1850). In her early adulthood, it was still very unusual for women to have advanced academic educations. As time went by, however, more and more colleges for women (and colleges that accepted women) were founded. Today, something over 50% of all colleges students are women.
1. Ask students to explore the web sites listed below; then select either a particular woman’s college or an aspect of the arguments for or against the higher education of women as a topic. 2. Depending upon their selection, students may:
3. Time should be allocated for students to share their findings and their presentations.
History of Women's Colleges
A Brief History of Women's Colleges
A Look at Women's Colleges Since 1792
Early College Women: Determined to Be Educated
This lesson was developed by Averil McClelland, Kent State University.