Sunday, March 15, 2020

Reading - 18C American Woman & Girls with a Book

1788 Charles Willson Peale (American artist, 1741-1827) Mrs Robert Gilmore with Jane and Elizabeth

Historian Gloria L. Main has written, “Historians have tended to treat female literacy as a minor postscript to the larger tale of literacy’s spread, but the story for women has important dimensions of its own.”  Thomas Jefferson’s plan for a public school system included girls, but that was not typical of 18C education where women’s literacy lagged behind men’s."