Includes bibliographical references (p. -302) and index.
Introduction: Women's Higher Education and the Female Mind and Body. Part One: Britain 1. Science, Feminism, and Sexual Difference: Moulding Female Nature through Higher Education, 1860s--1890 2. The Politics of Reproduction and Women's Higher Education, 1885--1914 Part Two: Germany 3. Women, Bildung, and Culture, 1865--1900 4. 'Die akademische Frau': Motherhood, Race, and Culture, 1890--1914 5. Masculine Minds in Female Bodies: Sexology and Women's Higher Education, 1869--1914 Part Three: Spain 6. Educated Women Give Birth to Advanced Nations, 1868--1900 7. After 1898: Degeneration and Regeneration. Conclusion.
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"The Educated Woman" is a comparative study of the ideas on female nature that informed debates on women's higher education in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries in three western European countries. Exploring the multi-layered roles of science and medicine in constructions of sexual difference in these debates, the book also pays attention to the variety of ways in which contemporary feminists negotiated and reconstituted conceptions of the female mind and its relationship to the body. While recognizing similarities, Rowold shows how in each country the higher education debates and the underlying conceptions of women's nature were shaped by distinct historical contexts. (source: Nielsen Book Data)