Emma Hart Willard

(1787-1870 / USA)

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Emma Willard (February 23, 1787 – April 15, 1870) was an American women's rights advocate and the pioneer who founded the first women's school of higher education.

Emma Willard was born in Berlin, Connecticut, the sixteenth of her father's seventeen children and the ninth of her mother's ten children, of Samuel Hart and his second wife, Lydia Hinsdale Hart.

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  • The education of females has been exclusively directed to fit them for displaying to advantage the charms of youth and beauty. ... though well to decorate the blossom, it is far better to prepare for ...
    Emma Hart Willard (1787-1870), U.S. educator. As quoted in The Technique of Rest, ch. 1, by Anna C. Brackett (1892). In a speech to the New York S...
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