Pamphlet[First Women's Education Movement] Old Dominion Institute Catalog, 1860-181. Pamphlet/ Volume 12 of 17:Annual Announcement of the Old Dominion Institute Catalog, For The Year 1860-1861. Richmond, VA. Contemporary Note on the first blank page. The Catalog includes a description of the school, textbooks, mode of instruction, tuition and list of pupils of 1859-1860 .Rare with No copy found among Institutional or library Collections according to OCLC Worldcat.
Women's colleges proliferated in the mid- to late- 19th century to fill the void created by their exclusion from most institutions of higher education. The prevailing notion that women were too delicate for a rigorous academic education was openly challenged when Elizabeth Cady Stanton spoke at the Seneca Falls Convention of 1848, "Man's intellectual superiority cannot be a question until woman has had a fair trial…When we shall have had our colleges, our professions, our trades, for a century, a comparison then may be justly instituted." Young women were quick to step up to the challenge; as quickly as female colleges opened, they filled up.
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