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Women and Education: Welcome

Resources on women's education in the IOE archives


The education of women and girls remains, in many parts of the world, a divisive issue. With regards to the UK, historically middle and upper class girls were largely educated in the home to become good wives. Working class girls, if they had access to education, were taught the basics of reading, writing and domestic skills in schools set up by charities or religious institutions. Despite this women have played a large part in the history of British education and many of the collections held in the Archives were created by female educationalists or organisations concerned with women and education.

Photograph from the NUWT collection

Photo of members of the NUWT demonstrating against the Fisher Grant, 1918

Collection reference UWT/G/2/9

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