EMMA WILLARD: Pioneer Educator of American Women by Alma Lutz

EMMA WILLARD: Pioneer Educator of American Women

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KIRKUS REVIEW

For the 150th anniversary of the Emma Willard School, its founder receives her biographical due as the most effective educational iconoclast in the then highly dubious area of female academe. Emma Willard rescued the young women of the early nineteenth century from their needlework and proved, through her diligent example, that geography, history, and even mathematics were not beyond their grasp. In her school, the Troy Female Seminary, she combined highly moral and ladylike virtues with the new subjects, several from her own textbooks, educating many future teachers for other parts of the country. Not a campaigner or suffragette type, Mrs. Willard proved in her own marriage that femininity was not incompatible with intelligence at the same time that her pioneering ""Plan for Improving Female Education"" was being lauded by state and federal dignitaries. Told in straightforward, chronological order, her life may not be of general interest; but certainly the educated modern female owes a good part of her brain-status to this older, and perhaps far more feminine, female.

Publisher: Beacon