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A Passionate Crusader for Women's Education offers a new look into the life of Catharine Beecher. A woman conflicted by orthodox Calvinism, she managed through self-study to become a skilled teacher, entrepreneur, prolific writer, and a popular spokesperson for the self-worth and self-esteem of women in spite of the social and educational inequities of the nineteenth century. Through sheer strength of will, drive, and guts, she founded several schools and was instrumental in helping to shape attitudes about education, women, and the family, which are still prevalent today. In her eagerness to promote women as teachers, she left an unintended legacy. She was a brilliant and complex figure who tried to navigate her way through a critical period in American history in general and for women in particular.

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