Bathsua Makin and Mary More with a reply to More by Robert Whitehall: Educating English Daughters: Late Seventeenth-Century Debates

Bathsua Makin and Mary More with a reply to More by Robert Whitehall: Educating English Daughters: Late Seventeenth-Century Debates

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201 pages | 6 x 9
Paper $34.95 ISBN: 9780866985468 Published April 2016

This edition offers texts from Bathsua Makin and Mary More, and Robert Whitehall’s response to More’s argument. Makin describes the appropriate education for London merchants’ daughters, arguing that girls should be educated and should aspire to follow learned women in history, and that educated women improve their families and themselves. More argues that women have the right to an education, and that such an education shows that the inequality of married women under English law is a man-made institution. More’s argument drew objections from her Oxford reader, Robert Whitehall, who preserved her manuscript with his own. Makin and More enjoyed a measure of public recognition and esteem, yet after their deaths, they and their texts were largely ignored until the late twentieth century.

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