uring the late 19th Century, women began to seek greater improvement in their lives, including higher education. More women began to attend universities and colleges; some attended traditional men’s colleges, but many were turned away or felt unwelcome in all-male institutions. As a result, several women’s colleges would begin to form, such as Wellesley, Mount Holyoke, and Vassar.
For this Unit 2 Assignment, you will examine the experiences of women attending universities and colleges for the first time. There are two parts to this Assignment: An analysis portion in which you will provide an analysis based on your Unit 2 Reading of higher education opportunities for women during this time period, and a reflection portion in which you will reflect on similarities and differences between your college experiences and those of women between 1870 and 1910.
Part I: Analysis portion of the Assignment: What was the purpose of women’s colleges? What were some of the challenges women encountered in attending universities and colleges? Address the Unit 2 Reading material, emphasizing material regarding women’s higher education opportunities.
Part II: Reflection portion of the Assignment:
Reflect on the impact women’s ability to receive a college education would have on their personal lives. How has pursuing your college degree been significant in your own experiences? Provide at least two examples of how you are able to connect to the experiences of a woman attending university for the first time.
Womens Higher Education Opportunities