of Women as Students through the Public Education System
A Public School
System reflects the current views and values of society at
any given time. Students are sent to schools to learn what
that society deems they should know to function in that society.
At the turn of the century, most women were homemakers. Few
held jobs outside the home. For many years the learning of
females was restricted by society’s beliefs that they
only needed to focus on narrow areas of study or by beliefs
that some areas of study were beyond their abilities. For
some students, especially immigrant children in the core area
schools of Winnipeg, there were more, almost unstated, limitations
that these children should focus on becoming ”Canadian”
which would mean a basic emphasis on learning to read and
twentieth century, circumstances such as the two World Wars
forced women into a wide range of work which had been traditionally
done by men. Once the perceptions of what women were capable
of learning and doing shifted, the education system’s
curricula changed for women.
Today all areas
of study are open to women throughout their entire public
schooling. Additionally, all areas of study at universities
or colleges are available to both men and women.