Trajectories and Trade-offs
This concluding chapter asserts that the United States has changed significantly since the 1830s, when American women first entered collegiate education. Both the antebellum period and the late Progressive Era were hotbeds of reform, but different environments produced different crops. Educational reformers in both periods sought to enlist both sexes in the religious crusade of bringing the kingdom of God to earth, but in different ways. It can be difficult to judge exactly how a college education shaped graduates' later paths. Yet the disproportionate numbers of Oberlin and Mount Holyoke graduates in ministry, missions, and teaching, and later of educated women and men in general who participated in Progressive Era reform movements, certainly suggest a significant correspondence between collegiate moral formation and later commitments.
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