ERIC Number: ED263808
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Sep-3
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Nothing Seemed Impossible: Women's Education and Social Change in South Australia, 1875-1915.
The formal and noninstitutional education of women in South Australia during 1875-1915 is discussed. Attention is directed to educational developments that took place in both the classroom and the wider society, including the establishment of women's trade unions, an innovative female cooperative clothing factory, heightened political awareness among women, and their early enfranchisement. The diversity of women's formal education is examined, ranging over the state primary schools, the Advanced School for Girls, the University of Adelaide, and selected private schools, with emphasis on Tormore House School. Women of varied backgrounds participated in struggles for legislative and economic change, notably Catherine Helen Spence, Mary Lee, and Augusta Zadow. Womens education has also been influenced by British practices and limitations imposed by the the South Australian geographic and economic environment. The state's attitude to women's education was ambivalent, for South Australian legislators saw women in two roles: preparing girls to be future wives and mothers, and encouraging women's higher education. Both state and private girls' schools proved important in trasmitting ideals and attitudes. (SW)
Descriptors: Educational History, Elementary Secondary Education, Females, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Leadership, Political Issues, Private Schools, Public Schools, Sex Role, Social Change, Unions, Voting Rights, Womens Education
University of Queensland Press, 5 South Union Street, Lawrence, MA 01843 ($37.50).
Publication Type: Books; Historical Materials
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia