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Eunice Foote to UCSB A Story of Women, Science and Climate Change

Eunice Foote's Education

Troy Female Seminary, Troy, New York

Troy Female Seminary, established in 1821 by Emma Hart Willard in Troy, New York, was the first in the country founded to provide young women with an education comparable to that of college-educated young men. At the time of the seminary’s founding, women were barred from colleges. Although academies for girls existed, their curricula were limited to such “female arts” as conversational French and embroidery.


The curriculum offered at the Troy Female Seminary in 1836 while Eunice Foote was a student. Notice the courses in the hard sciences, and mathematics. No other female educational facility in the world offered such courses.