Women Public Speakers in the United States, 1800-1925: A Bio-Critical Sourcebook

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and for nearly all her contemporary woman's rights activists, Hart Willard's respectability and conservative rhetorical style won her almost universal admi­ ration and acclaim. By carefully limiting her arguments to advancing the cause of higher education for women, she opened the doors for these newly educated women to lobby for the vote, for legal parity, and for professional equality.

When she was elected to the Hall of Fame for Great Americans at New York University in 1905, the citation read: " Emma Willard devoted her life to edu­ cation. She was a woman of amazing vision for her times, and determination to work with courage for her conviction that education for women was essential to the development and well-being of the country." The medal that commemorates her selection shows her "drawing the symbolic curtain which had heretofore existed between the female student and 'higher' education."


SOURCES

Emma Hart Willard Correspondence, 1809-1866, Archives of the Emma Willard School, Troy, New York, contains original letters and copies or typed transcriptions of original letters with the location of original documents given. See annotated Finder's Guide prepared by Marion P. Munzler, 1986.

Willard Emma ( 1829 circa). "Notes on Plan of Female Education." Holographic. Russell Sage College, Troy, New York.

"A Plan for Improving Female Education (1819)." Woman and Higher Education. Ed. Anna C. Brackett. New York: Harper Brothers, 1893.

"Memorial of Emma Willard, Principal of Troy Female Seminary to the Honorable the Legislature of the State of New York". Proceedings of the State Legislature of the State of New York, January 25, 1823.

"A Letter to Bolivar." The Lady's Book, June 1837.

"Universal Terms--Disputes Concerning Them and Their Causes." American Journal of Science & Arts 23, no. 1 ( 1832):19-28.

Journal and Letters from France and Great Britain. New York: Tuttle, 1833.

Advancement of Female Education, or, A Series of Addresses, in Favor of Establishing at Athens, in Greece, a Female Seminary, Especially Designed to Instruct Female Teachers. Troy: Norman Tuttle, 1833.

"Kensington or Berlin Third School Society"; "Berlin, First School Society, or Kensington"; "Kensington, or Berlin First School Society". Connecticut Common School Journal ( June 2, 1840):241-244; ( September 3, 1840):54-55; ( November 15, 1840):29- 31.

"The Relation of Females and Mothers especially to the Cause of Common School Improvement." Connecticut Common School Journal ( March 15, 1842):64-66.

"Letter to the Editor." The Trojan Sketchbook. Troy, N.Y.: Young & Hart, 1846.

Answer to Marcius Willson's Reply, or Second Appeal to the Public. New York: A. S. Barnes, 1847.

"Letter to DuPont de L'Eure on the Political Position of Women." American Literary Magazine ( April 1848).

"Address on the time and teaching of little children. Read to the Rensselaer CountyTeacher's Association"

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