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A Pioneer in Classics Education for Women
A Pioneer in Classics Education for Women

Abby Leach (1855-1918)

Author(s): Ward Briggs
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Gender Studies, History of Education
Published by: Филолошки факултет, Универзитет у Београду
Keywords: Abby Leach;women's education;Database of Classical Scholarship;Radcliffe;Harvard;Vassar;

Summary/Abstract: Abby Leach (1855-1918) was a seminal figure in American education. A pioneer in women’s higher education, she persuaded professors at Harvard to deliver their lectures to girls assembled in “The Annex” in Cambridge, Massachusetts. “The Annex” eventually became Radcliffe College. Leach went on to become a professor of Classics at Vassar, where she played a leading role in developing curriculum for women’s colleges at their formative stage, and she was the first woman president of the American Philological Association. The basic data about Abby Leach are presented in the Database of Classical Scholarship, a project of the Society for Classical Studies, housed at the University of South Carolina.

  • Issue Year: 2013
  • Issue No: 3
  • Page Range: 2-17
  • Page Count: 16
  • Language: English