Catharine Beecher

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Catharine Beecher

Family Facts:-Born to Lyman & Roxanne -Eldest of 13 children- Father was a minister-Mother died when she was 16-Sister to author Harriet Beecher Stowe and abolitionist Pastor Henry Ward Beecher-Fiancé Alexander Fisher died in a shipwreck

Catharine BeecherBorn: September 6, 1800Died: May 12, 1878

"It is to mothers and to teachers that the world is to look for the character which is to be enstamped on each succeeding generation"

Beecher was educated at home until she was ten. When the family moved to Connecticut she was enrolled in Sarah Pierce's Litchfield Female Academy

Western Female Institute

Hartford Female Seminary

Originally known as the Central Committee for promoting National Education, this school was established in 1847 and trained over 450 female teachers to be sent out West. Beecher split from the group in 1852 and founded the American Woman's Educational Association which strove to create institutes that provided higher learning for women.

Founded by Beecher and her sister Mary in 1823, the school began with only 7 students but expanded to 100+ during Beecher's 8 years of tenure. The school moved beyond the standards of female education and taught subjects like Latin, algebra, and philosophy.

1832-1837 The school was the predecessor to the Board of National Popular Education but failed within five years due to the country's economic downturn and an inability to find long term financial supporters.

Board of National Popular Education

Unintended Consequence: As teaching became a female profession, the salary was halved





Beecher became a transitional figure between the 'cult' of domesticity and the equal rights movement

By today's standards, Beecher held conservative viewpoints.Her ultimate goal was not equality between the sexes but to educate women so that they could provide themselves and their families with a better life

-Believed in domesticity-Mothers spread morality, but only if well educated -Published many essays about her beliefs including education, women's place in society, and their quality of life-Did not believe in protests or violence in regards to the movements of slavery and gender equality


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