Women in the Classroom
" The gentlemen...
"who manage the pecuniary affairs of this Institution are only too glad
to commit the management of these children and the incessant task of
their education to the patient hands, the active tongues, and the
conscientious fidelity of women."
Sanborn, President of the Clarke Institution Northampton, Massachusetts
Following the Civil War, teaching
came to be a predominantly female occupation for economic and cultural
reasons. During and after the war, there were fewer male teachers-and
as younger children began to attend school, many people simply believed
that women made better teachers for very young students. Gradually,
women gained access to formal education-and better qualifications for
teaching jobs. At the time, women also had fewer opportunities to earn
a living, and they could generally be hired for half the salary of men.
"In glancing at the
teacher's salaries...we noted...the great discrepancy between salaries
of the teachers with regard to sex... In the name of all that is just
and equitable, why is this so?"
Glyndon, pen name for Laura Redden
Graduate of the Missouri School for the Deaf, journalist and poet .