Ruth Hall grew up in the 1800s where a woman’s role was primarily reproductive. Her classmates view on pretty women not being clever stems from what they’ve been born into. Women’s rights to obtain a higher education was on the rocks. I think the mentality of Hall’s classmates is still alive in today in many parts of our world. Hall was encouraged by her father to be more successful. In the first few chapters, we learn how Hall was more focused on her studies as she got prettier because she wasn’t all concerned about boys the way her classmates were. During the time that Ruth Hall would be in boarding school in the 1800s was a turning point for women in education.
“The 1800’s brought the most significant changes for women in education. Early in the century there was rapid growth in secondary education. The development of collegiate education for women followed and my mid century, women were being admitted to coeducational state colleges.”NWHM
Fanny Fern was apart of a movement of women who worked to obtain more for themselves. People like Marie Curie, the first female Noble Prize winner. However, there are inequalities in today’s society when it comes to a strong, beautiful intelligent woman having a position in power.
“I’ve always believed that when you educate a girl, you empower a nation.” Queen Rania of Jordan – Click
In the late 1800s women were able to work as teachers, nurses, bookkeepers, typists, secretaries and shop clerks.
Women in America are still facing inequalities, especially in the work place. In current day United States, we see women pursuing higher educations, rising up as CEO’s, CFO’s. Recently, Hillary Clinton broke the “glass ceiling” for women in the U.S., by becoming the first woman in history to ever make it to be a final presidential nominee representing the Democratic Party.
“The inequalities to the detriment of men would be well entrenched at the aggregate level in 2025, with some 1.4 female students for every male. In some countries (Austria, Canada, Iceland, Norway, the United Kingdom) there could be almost twice as many female students as male.”-OECD
“Despite these educational gains, women continue to lag behind men in employment, income, business ownership, research and politics. This pattern of inequality suggests that societal expectations and cultural norms regarding the appropriate roles for men and women as well as inherent biological differences between the sexes are limiting the benefits of women’s educational advantage.”-Joseph Chamie