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Advice to governesses London : J. Hatchard, 1827 Stack AA3-k.36
This volume, written anonymously, provides
an account of the life of a governess. The volume begins by describing the
type of woman, and the characteristics that would make a good
governess. The book gives a shrewd account of
the life of a governess in a private family, including its difficulties,
to which an entire chapter is dedicated. The curriculum of the governesses
charges is described, noting the subjects which she would be expected to
teach, including music, French, reading, geography and history. A chapter
of the book is dedicated
to religious instruction.
Vives, Juan Luis A very frvtefvl and pleasant booke called the Instruction of a
Christen woman, made first in latyne ...tourned out of
latyne into English by Rycharde Hyrde London: 1557 Sp Coll BD1-f.17
Vives, friend of Erasmus and More, was
chosen by Queen Catherine as tutor to Princess Mary. This work is
split into three books, all of which were written for the direction of Mary's education and are dedicated
to Queen Catherine. Vives' consuming interest was in moral reform, holding
the opinion that the failings of women were due to their lack of education
and that the acquisition of knowledge would fortify their character. The
chapter titles in the books are varied, ranging from "Of the bringyng
up of a maide when she is a babe", "Of the keeping of virginitee
and chastitee" to "What bokes be to be redde, and what
Chapone, Hester Mulso Letters on the improvement of the mind, addressed to a young lady London: 1774 Sp Coll Bh3-k.28-29
These letters provide an insight into the curricula of women's studies sanctioned by contemporary opinion. Foremost place is given to history, with geography and chronology also regarded as being of utmost importance - these studies were first brought into fashion for women by Queen Mary. In this volume, Mrs. Chapone insists on the importance of prolonged self-education and has always in mind a kind of post-graduate course for girls of fifteen, whose school days were normally over by this age.
Shirreff, Emily Anne Eliza Intellectual education, and its influence on the character and happiness of women London : John Parker, 1858 Store HA01895
Emily Shirreff (1814-1897) was a prominent figure in the women's education movement. Shirreff held a number of prominent and important positions such as Mistress of Girton College (1870) and was heavily involved in societies for the development of women's education, such as co-founder of the National Union for improving the Education of Women, 1871, and of the Girls' Public Day School Trust, 1873, and assisted in the foundation of the Froebel Society in 1875. In this book Shirreff maintains that " in educating a young girl the only safe course is to hold up individual perfectness as the aim of education; to train her as God's creature, not as man's subordinate"
Davies, Emily The higher education of women London : A. Strahan, 1866 Store HA01887
In this volume Davis forwards and illustrates the idea that while the notion persisted that women's chief business and role in life was to please men, no progress could be made in the women's cause. However, if all concerned with education proposed to themselves a worthier aim, that of " seeking in every human should that divine image which it is their work to call out and develop" questions of sex would cease to hamper their efforts.
It was chiefly as a result
of Emily Davies work that Girton College (the first residential college for
women) was founded where Davies was mistress