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May I Learn Too? Barriers Placed on Women in the Education System

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May I Learn Too? Barriers Placed on Women in the Education System Name: Tavia Ferreira Student #: 203992377 Assignment: #2 Question: #1 ~ In relation to the works of Wollstonecraft Course Director: John Spencer Tutorial Leader: Tasha Henry Course: Education and Social Change Date: Thursday January 18, 2001 Throughout the nineteenth, twentieth, and twenty-first centuries, women have been placed at a disadvantage involving the issue of their education. The issues of what subject's women should and shouldn't be taught are often involved in heated debates present in today's time. Mary Wollstonecraft (1983), a woman's theorist during the turn of the 19th century was one of the major advocates in the battle for gender equity within the educational system. The construction and institutionalization of her theories of educating the young female mind in regards to intellect, physical activity, and preparedness for life in society after completion of formal education; have proved as a stepping stone in the fight to receive an equal education when compared to their male counterparts. ...read more.


In the year 2000, many of these conventions surrounding a single sex school are sill present. At Notre Dame Catholic Secondary School in Toronto, the academic curriculum is separated into two very distinct and socially driven paths. For women who wished to pursue a career directly following their secondary education, the school offered many female driven technical courses such as cosmetology, home economics, fashion studies, keyboarding, and families in Canadian society (Notre Dame, 2000, p.25). Many of these courses, are a modern and politically correct reincarnation of the now defunct crafts such as needlework, which were present in Wollstonecraft's time. For students that wished to pursue a post secondary career, Notre Dame (2000) offered a limited amount of academic courses such as mathematics, science, and English, which would serve as a foundation to specialization within a university or college in the future. This is opposed to an male only secondary school such as Neil Mc Neil in Toronto, where the focus on the curriculum was based on math, science, and business studies. ...read more.


With this lack of facilities, and lack of a means to improve them, one may wonder how women might progress in their battle to achieve gender equality in education amongst all. The long battle in gender equality has been a rough and bumpy road with many progression and improvements accomplished. But there is still much more work needed to be completed in order for a status of equality to be achieved amongst both women and men. Wollstonecraft (1983) states: Whenever a child asks a question, it should always have a reasonable answer given it. It's little passions should be engaged. They are mostly fond of stories, and proper ones would improve them even while they are amused. Instead of these, their heads are filled with improbable tales and superstitious accounts of invisible beings which breed strange prejudices and vain fears in their minds (p.34)." It is our job as members of the society, to help further the drive for gender equality within education and all other aspects society. With this task, the myth and fear of gender equality may one day become non-existent. ...read more.

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