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FEMALE EDUCATION IN THE MIDDLE CLASSES, ...
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years of age , have no place In non-doniestic industry , and remain secondary at home as lace " wive in s industry and " daug as hters " farmers ; " that ' wives one million " " shop occupy keepers a
wives , " etc p . ; and that the remaining , two millions are , engaged in nondomestic occupations on their own account , or are possessed of
independent Now , means in the . " face of facts like these , It is no longer a question
whether woman ought or ought not to leave the sphere of home duties , and take her part In industrial and other occupations . What ,
in this respect , was speculation and theory fifty years ago , has become actice and necessity now . In the middle classes of life there is
often pr no alternative between labor of some kind , manual or Intellectual , dependence upon others , or vice , which , followed by "woman
as a trade , Is a festering canker in the heart of civilisation . _~ No man of the middle classesbe he engaged in
professionalmercantile , or other pursuits , be , he prosperous as he may , can , assure to Ms daughters pecuniary Independence . Brought up in luxury ,
_expensively and fashionably trained , elegant and accomplished girls are , to the daily knowledge of us all , suddenly thrown upon their
own resources by the death or pecuniary failure of their parents . Unfitted btheir education and their habits to stand alone , with
their matrimonial y chances lessened , if not lost in the change of ¦ circumstanceswhat more melancholymore hopeless , and helpless
condition can , be imagined than that , to which custom has in some degree rendered us callous , and the recurrence of which the whole
system of middle-class female education renders inevitable . The beautiful dependence of woman upon manupon which novelists
, and sentimentalists love to dwell ad nauseam ,, and the burden of which some of the more sensible of either sex thoughtlessly take
up , is in reality a condition of servitude and dependence from which every reflecting and honorable mind must inevitably shrink . Out
of it has grown that servility of mind and body , which ., disguise it as we is at the root of all the relations between the sexes ,
_smd which may , aims the deadliest blow at domestic peace and happiness , at human worth and dignity .
Till women of the middle classes are educated as responsible human beings , trained to take their part in active life , they will
never truly be man ' s mate and companion . The author of " The Industrial and Social Position of Women , " a work which cannot be
too widely known both to men and women , goes to the very root of the question .
" If , " says he , " we compare the position held by woman In the middle ranks on the one hand , with the position held by her , on the
other hand , in the higher and lower ranks , we cannot but be struck with the contrast . In the higher and in the lower ranks she
emphatically shares the lot of man : —leading with him in the one a life of affluent leisure , and bearing with him in the other a share
of the labor characteristic of their common station . But in the
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