“Should the Higher Education of Women Differ from that of Men”
Shown here as found in Educational Review 1901; reprinted from an address delivered by M. Carey Thomas at the annual meeting of the Association of Colleges and Preparatory Schools of the Middle States and Maryland in Philadelphia, November 30, 1900.
“This college education,” Thomas writes, “should be the same as men’s, not only because there is, I believe, but one best education, but because men and women are to live and work together as comrades and dear friends and married friends and lovers” (10). In this November 1900 speech to the Association of Colleges and Preparatory Schools of the Middle States and Maryland, Thomas argues that there should be parity in education. Her argument hinges on several key assertions. First, because the work undertaken by professionals is not differentiated by sex (e.g. bridge-building or medical training), it would be wrongheaded and costly to educate students differently at the professional and technical levels. Second, if men and women are to compete in the same fields, there should be no difference in their preliminary education.
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Thomas, M. Carey, ““Should the Higher Education of Women Differ from that of Men”,” The Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women's Education, accessed December 2, 2022, http://greenfield.brynmawr.edu/items/show/1492.