Hope Deferred, initially published in 1965 traces the history of girls’ education from Anglo-Saxon England to modern times, telling the story largely through the leading personalities whose opinions and prejudices shaped this history. It outlines the progress of popular education and the work of the pioneers who fought to bring girls’ education at every level into line with boys’; and it carries the story into the second half of the twentieth-century to discuss the problem of whether girls are really receiving the right kind of education.
1. Anglo-Saxon Learning 2. Medieval England: The Decay of Learning 3. The Renaissance Revival 4. Study No Object for Rich or Poor 5. Seventeenth-Century Boarding Schools and Projects 6. Charity Schools of the Eighteenth Century 7. The Bluestocking Contribution 8. The Forces of Reaction 9. Theorists and Reformers of the Eighteenth Century 10. The Ladies’ Academy in the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries 11. The Birth of Elementary Education 12. The Middle-Class Problem 13. The Campaign Begins 14. The Schools Enquiry Commission 15. The Growth of Secondary Education 16. The Movement towards a National System of Education 17. The Training of Young Children 18. Higher Education for Women