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Why women’s education is important

January 18,2011 by: admin

History has not been kind to women. In many cultures, women were oppressed and were not allowed to get an education. Females were considered as second-class citizens and they only exist to serve men. Sadly, until now, in some countries, gender equality is still not fully understood.

The importance of education cannot be measured and preventing women from acquiring an education is a great crime against them. Luckily, for the 21st century women, they are given the freedom to be educated in any school they wish to attend and to take up any course they fancy. The freedom in education can be attributed to feminists such as Mary Wollstonecraft and Emily Davies who actively campaigned for the right of women to receive the same amount of education men received back then. These woman and other feminists especially during the 19th century paved way for the establishment of women’s schools and for many societies to open their eyes on the importance of gender equality. Being educated is the right of everyone whether they are male or female.

The education of females is very important because it can prevent many abuses and injustices suffered by women. In the past, many women believed that they were useless in the society. Many women suffered from lack of self-confidence due to lack of knowledge. Women were not allowed to speak their minds and they were not given any important positions in the society. These were all directly or indirectly related to the lack of education for women.

Fortunately, the feminist’s movement changed that. In addition, we cannot deny the fact that many educated women such as Marie Curie and Queen Elizabeth I were able to contribute greatly to humanity. Women play a very important role in the society. They are the first teachers of their children. They are considered as the pillar of the home. Hence, educating them can only bring great benefits to the society. An educated mother can nurture and raise her sons and daughters properly.

An educated mother can help her husband earn money. Double income families are very common and practical these days. If women are not educated, it would be difficult for the father to earn enough money for the family to live comfortably. In the 21st century, women’s education is not so much of an issue because gender equality is practiced these days, but imagine what it would have been like if until now women are still expected to stay at home only.


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