Women--Unit 3 Progressive Era

Women--Unit 3 Progressive Era

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  • In the early 1900's women faced many oppositions all across the U.S. Some of it was education denial, job opportunities, but most of it was women suffrage. 
  • Only women of higher social class were allowed to attend education after high school. One big named college, Harvard University refused women although one of many. This was quite the epidemic for women because at this time after high school the only options that women had were to work in the office, stores, or the classroom with low pay or get married.
  • Women typically held the least skilled positions such as cooks, laundresses, scrubwomen, and maids and received only about half as much money as their male counterparts or less. This was especially unfair to women since men got better paying jobs and men’s labor unions excluded them from membership.
  • Good thing we have Sophia Smith to make the first women college the Vassar College—with a faculty of 8 men and 22 women—accepted its first students in 1865.
  • After the Vassar College multiple women colleges started to pop up more. Although women were still expected to fulfill traditional domestic roles, women’s colleges sought to grant women an excellent education. In her will, Smith College’s founder, Sophia Smith, made her goals clear.
  • If none of the colleges accepted women or have created a separate college for women then today women today might not have an equal role in today's society.
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