Today’s Birthday: Catharine Beecher (1800)

Catharine Beecher (1800)

Beecher was an American lecturer, author, and advocate for women’s education. The sister of abolitionist author Harriet Beecher Stowe, she popularized a conservative movement to rescue women from frivolous “feminine” pursuits—by elevating and entrenching women’s role in the domestic sphere. Her ideal woman was one who presided over an intelligent, cultured, well-managed household. In 1823, she founded the Hartford Female Seminary to train women to be teachers. What social change did she oppose? More…

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