Theodore Roosevelt and the Education of Women

  • Elaine Leslau Silverman


Theodore Roosevelt's prescriptions for the education of women reflected the growing anxiety entertained by middle class Protestant men early in the twentieth century over the proper place of women and the appropriate relationship between the sexes. Women must be taught, in schools and homes. through art and literature, that the perpetuation of America's moral character was largely their responsibility. They could act out their innate knowledge of order al home and in the nation. militating against chaos and anarchic aggression; they would restore America to the strong moral nation he imagined it had been in a simpler past.