Arguments for reform of girls' secondary and university education in nineteenth century England.

We need not ask what woman's destiny is. Nature has written it in characters too clear to be mistaken; the large development of the intellectual organs and the feeble muscular power, mark her for the higher-minded purifier of society - her strength must be that of knowledge.
Englishwoman's Journal, 1858.


  1. Early pioneers of women's education included Emily _______, Frances Power ______ and _____ _____.
  2. Rank the arguments in favour of women's education in order of importance, in your opinion.


  1. Organise a class debate on the topic 'That we approve of second-level education for girls'.
  2. Visit Newbridge House, Donabate, Co. Dublin and research the life of Frances Power Cobbe.


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