1st Edition

Practical Visionaries Women, Education and Social Progress, 1790-1930

By Pam Hirsch, Mary Hilton Copyright 2000
    266 Pages
    by Routledge

    268 Pages
    by Routledge

    An examination of women educationists in nineteenth and early twentieth century Britain. Working with new paradigms opened up by feminist scholarship, it reveals how women leaders were determined to transform education in the quest for a better society. Previous scholarship has either neglected the contributions of these women or has misplaced them. Consequently intellectual histories of education have come to seem almost exclusively masculine. This collection shows the important role which figures such as Mary Carpenter, Barbara Leigh Smith Bodichon, Elizabeth Edwards and Maria Montessori played in the struggle to provide greater educational opportunities for women.  The contributors are: Anne Bloomfield, Kevin J. Brehony, Norma Clarke, Peter Cunningham, Mary Jane Drummond, Elizabeth Edwards, Mary Hilton, Pam Hirsch, Jane Miller, Hilary Minns, Wendy Robinson, Gillian Sutherland and Ruth Watts.

    List of Figures and Illustrations List of Contributors Acknowledgements Publisher's Acknowkdgements Introduction Mary Hilton and Pam Hirsch PART ONE: The Emergence of Progressive Women Educators PART Two: The Struggle for Better Education for Middle-Class Women PART THREE: Work and Professional Life for Lower Middle-Class Women PART FOUR: The Poor Child - Women and the Progressive Challenge to the Elementary System PART FIVE: Women Theorists in the Early Twentieth Century Select Bibliography Index


    Mary Hilton is a Senior Lecturer in Education and Pam Hirsch is a Senior Research Associate at Homerton College, Cambridge.

    "This attractively presented book has much to offer both specialists and non-specialists alike"

    –English Historical Review