Friday, November 2, 2018

Reading - 18C American Woman with a Book

1784 Ralph Earl (American artist, 1751-1801) Anne Whiteside Earl the artist's wife studying at a map

Historian Gloria Main writes, “Traditional female roles did not require” literacy, & powerful prejudices worked to inhibit the public exercise of trained intelligence by women. At some point in the modernizing process, nonetheless, female literacy also began to expand. For this to have occurred, society must first have enlarged its assessment of female capability before liberalizing the scope of permissible feminine activity."