Women and Education: Granting women and men equal access to education in light of the Fourteenth Amendment's pledge of equal protection. Though taken for granted by many, co-sex educational institutions for higher learning are really just recent occurrences.
For the most part, colleges and universities, particularly elite ones, taught either men or women. The reasons for this separation date back to early American history, when a woman's place was seen as " in the home." In addition, education was seen, though ridiculously, as having detrimental effects on the woman.
Some of these ludicrous, yet back then "scientific" beliefs, included that women's brains were smaller than men's were therefore, making them "less capable of academic learning."It was also said that if women utilized their brains at the time of their adolescent years, then their reproductive organs would not develop correctly causing possible sterility. Motherhood has always been seen as a strong link for women to their personal identities. Therefore, the greatest oppression would be to threaten its existence.
Having to be a mother is a role traditionally defined by society for women; "Most women long for children, even against considerable odds, even when marriage has become a light-minded undertaking, and in direst poverty; women continue to seek to be mothers."This is just one of the avenues that was taken advantage of in order to continue the intolerable oppression of preventing women from educating themselves and enlightening their lives. Women have had to prove that they are equals of men. They have had to prove that they are as intelligent, competent, brave, and as morally responsible.
With this incentive Women's Liberation was born and with it women were secured many rights, among them are: the right to vote, to educate themselves, and to have and spend their own money and properties…