in the minds of many women.
In our own and other countries a host of earnest souls were awake, pressing eagerly forward.
In quick succession came the women's clubs and colleges, the renewed demand for woman suffrage, the Association for the Advancement of Women, the banding together of women ministers.
The hour had come, and the women.
In all these varying manifestations of one great forward and upward movement in America
, Julia Ward Howe
was pars magna
. Indeed, the story of the latter half of her life is the story of the Advance
of Woman and the part she played in it.
The various phases may be taken in order.
, the first coeducational college, was chartered in 1834.
Vassar, the first college for women only, was chartered in 1861, opened in 1865.
followed in 1875.
Considering this brave showing, it is strange to recall the great fight before the barred doors of the great universities.
The women knocked, gently at first, then strongly: our mother, Mrs. Agassiz
, and the rest.
They were greeted by a storm of protest.
Learned books were written, brilliant lectures delivered, to prove that a college education was ruinous to the health of women, perilous to that of future generations.
The friends of Higher Education replied in words no less ardent.
Blast and counterblast rang forth.
Still the patient hands knocked, the earnest voices called: till at length — there being friends as well as foes inside — slowly, with much creaking and many forebodings, the great doors opened; a crack, then a space, till to-day they swing wide, and the