The Renaissance of Girls' Education in England: A Record of Fifty Years' Progress


Produced by Richard Tonsing, MFR, and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team at (This file was produced from images generously made available by The Internet Archive) RENAISSANCE OF GIRLS’ EDUCATION THE RENAISSANCE OF GIRLS’ EDUCATION IN ENGLAND A Record of Fifty Years’ Progress BY ALICE ZIMMERN (GIRTON COLLEGE, CAMBRIDGE) AUTHOR OF ‘METHODS OF EDUCATION IN AMERICA,’ ‘OLD TALES PROM GREECE,’ ETC. London A. D. Innes & Company Limited 1898 Edinburgh: T. and A. CONSTABLE, Printers to Her Majesty PREFACE To all whom it may interest I dedicate this brief summary of the events which have wrought a peaceful revolution among us during the last fifty years. Among the many changes of the half-century, the great transformation in the education of women surely deserves a record. The workers have been many, the help given of various kinds, yet no event is isolated, for all are links in one chain of progress. Fifty years ago a few far-sighted men and women gave the impetus; we who harvest where they sowed may like to be reminded, in this season of retrospects, of the great debt we owe them. What has touched the lives of so many women is the concern of all, and though I shall be proud indeed if my book prove welcome to teachers, I should wish most of all to address myself to that old and long-tried friend of literature, the general reader. If he, or she, can be persuaded, to spend an hour or two, learning the past and present of the education of our girls, my purpose will have been accomplished. To thank for favours received is a pleasant task, but the list of those who have helped me with this book would prove too long for enumeration. I desire to offer my heartiest thanks to all who have assisted me with information, criticism, or in any other way; especially to Miss Beale for valuable materials and kind hospitality, to Mrs. Bryant and Miss A. A. M. Rogers for much useful information, to Miss Mary Gurney, Miss Ella Pycroft, Miss Mary Kennedy, and Mr. W. Edwards for reading portions of the book, and to Mrs. Edwards for her sympathy and kindness during my stay in Wales. To the many headmistresses who have allowed me to visit their schools I offer most cordial thanks, and last, but not least, to the officials of the Education Library, in particular Mr. Sadler and Miss Beard, for their courtesy and helpfulness. ALICE ZIMMERN. September 1898. CONTENTS

Alice Zimmern

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