The college woman
Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.
Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC
By: Charles Franklin Thwing
Excerpt from book: III. HER ENVIRONMENT. One of the most eminent of American physicians has said that to him, as a physician, woman is quite unlike man. " She is physiologically other than the man." Woman is certainly a more highly organized being than man. If one read into or read from the record of the first of Genesis that the scientific principle of the continuance of the creative process is marked by ascending degrees of life, he finds himself obliged to say that woman represents the highest point of development. The scientific and Biblical principle is well embodied in Burns's lines, Her 'prentice ban' she tried on man, An' then she made the lasses, O ! I will not say that the higher and more complex organization of women renders theproblem of their education more difficult or less pleasant to work at, but it does throw this problem into certain conditions and relations which are not for a single instant to be forgotten. The question of physical vigor and endurance must be more constantly, if not more severely, studied in the case of college women than of college men. The question also of the relation of the college student to society requires a more discriminating attention in the case of women than of men. The question, further, of personal manners or bearing is, in the view of most persons, of larger import in the case of the college woman than of the college man. A woman, a teacher in the University of Illinois, writes me, saying: " Less departure from the decent and conventional standard of appearance and manners is excused in a woman than in a man. A woman with rough, unrefined manners, an ill-kept body, and ugly clothes is criticised more sharply than a man of the same ability would be. Such faults affect her intellectual and socialstatus among her fellows and the world at la...