Among families, so rich as to be above labour, the daughters are hurried through the routine of boarding school instruction, and at an early period introduced into the gay world; and, thenceforth, their only object is amusement.—Mark the different treatment, which the sons of these families receive. While their sisters are gliding through the mazes of the midnight dance, they employ the lamp, to treasure up for future use the riches of ancient wisdom; or to gather strength and expansion of the mind, in exploring the wonderful paths of philosophy.
Emma Hart Willard (1787–1870), U.S. educator and feminist. As quoted in The Female Experience, ch. 40, by Gerda Lerner (1977).
From "An Address to the Public; Particularly to the Members of the Legislature of New York, Proposing a Plan for Improving Female Education." The second edition of this address, which Lerner was quoting, was published in 1819. Two years later, Willard moved her all-female Waterford School to Troy, New York, where it became the Troy Female Seminary and set new, comparatively high, standards for female education.