Everyone has a right to access education facility at will without limitations. In the past, a girl child was denied the right to learn where they were considered as wives and servants whose mandate was to look after the children, perform waitress jobs or cook for the families. During the early 1900 significant advancement were made through opening more educational opportunities for the girl child where women began to take up competitive stands in colleges and universities(Boardman and George 114).
Differences in the women’s education currently and the 1900s
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- In 1900, women were regarded as people whose only mandate was to get married and take care of the families (Kristof, Nicholas, and Sheryl 108).
- Educating women implied that they would “overtake men” which could label men as inferior (DiPrete, Thomas and Claudia 4).
- Today women have enrolled in education and marries after completing their educational career (M.King et al. 74)
- Access to leaning facilities
- In 1900, the girl child was limited to partial learning institution facilities such as courses they could engage in (DiPrete, Thomas and Claudia 87).
- In the modern world, women can now access all facilities at will as the male student does.
- The “evolution” of women education has given a woman a chance to make independent educational choices (Goldin 22).
- Education credibility
- A girl child was not “guaranteed of getting a degree” even after completing the coursework (Thomas, Veronica and Janine 117).
- Today, a female student is credible under the law to be granted a degree certificate after a successful completion of the coursework (Heward, Christine and Sheila 65).
In conclusion, it is unfortunate that however significant the women education is, it was disregarded and given less emphasis. However, the face and the future of women education is progressively coming out to the light and indeed moving in the right direction.
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DiPrete, Thomas A., and Claudia Buchmann. The Rise of Women: The Growing Gender Gap in Education and What It Means for American Schools. New York: Russell Sage Foundation, , 2013.
Heward, Christine, and Sheila S. Bunwaree. Gender, Education, and Development: Beyond Access to Empowerment. London: Zed, 1999.
Goldin, Claudia. The quiet revolution that transformed women’s employment, education, and family. No. w11953. National Bureau of Economic Research, 2006.
Kristof, Nicholas D, and Sheryl WuDunn. Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2011.
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Thomas, Veronica G., and Janine A. Jackson. “The education of African American girls and women: Past to present.” The Journal of Negro Education, 2007.