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Three Periods Of European History Where Attitudes Towards Women's Education Changed

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Three Periods of European History Where Attitudes Towards Women's Education
Throughout the early portion of modern European history, women were
never encouraged to undertake any significant education. Though the problem
lessened over time, it was still a strong societal force. There were three
major time periods when substantial changes took place in attitudes towards
women's education -- the Renaissance, the Reformation, and the Seventeenth
and the early Eighteenth centuries.

The earliest time period, the Renaissance, may have actually been the
most liberal time period for women's education. The church was the only
force at this time that discouraged education. In Erasmus's book "The
Abbot and the Learned Lady", The church's position on this issue says that
education does not protect the chastity that was necessary for women. There
were still, however, a certainty that women could and should be educated.
For example, in Castiglione's book "The Courtier", it is stated that women
are capable of everything that men are. Also, Roger Ascham has described
his female student(the future Queen Elizabeth I) as equally bright as any
other male student of his. Furthermore, in a letter by the poet Louise
Labe`, she states a need for women to "raise their head above their
spindles" and take up studying.

The next age, the Reformation and the catholic Reformation, saw a
dramatic and ...

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