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Post-Revolution educational opportunities for women.

What specific results of the American Revolution created and increased need for women to be educated? What limits were imposed on female education? How were changes in women's educational opportunities related to religious developments? How did race and class affect access to education?

What specific results of the American Revolution created and increased need for women to be educated?

Many women had been involved in supporting the Revolution. Some, like Abigail Adams, influenced the Revolution through their husbands. A group of women in North Carolina formed a group called the Society of Patriotic Ladies of Edenton. They pledged to support the Revolution in any way possible. Other women were directly involved in the fighting or directly assisting the Army. The devotion shown by these women made access to education after the Revolution easier. They had not held back their support for the cause and their value as members of a free, democratic society was enhanced.

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What specific results of the American Revolution created and increased need for women to be educated?

Many women had been involved in supporting the Revolution. Some, like Abigail Adams, influenced the Revolution through their husbands. A group of women in North Carolina formed a group called the Society of Patriotic Ladies of Edenton. They pledged to support the Revolution in any way possible. Other women were directly involved in the fighting or directly assisting the Army. The devotion shown by these women made access to education after the Revolution easier. They had not held back their support for the cause and their value as members of a free, democratic society was enhanced.

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Women had helped run the household while their husbands were involved either leading the Revolution or fighting in the army. The fact that they could contribute to the economy, agriculture and political discourse helped their educational opportunities after the war. Many writers such as Mercy Otis Warren, Abigail Adams and Judith Murray all encouraged greater educational access for women. It is interesting to note, however, that all the above mentioned writers also stressed the greater importance of women as mothers and wives. Mary Wollstonecraft, holding more radical views for the time, said that "women must be educated as rational creatures if they ...

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How did the American Revolution create new educational opportunities for colonial women? How were educational opportunities still limited? Over 800 words of original text along with links to seven websites containing additional information.

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