Even though Britain was ruled by a Queen in the 19th century the lives of women were heavily circumscribed. For most of that century women couldn’t go to university or become doctors, and a married woman had no legal rights to her own money or her children. Mary Ann Aldersey and Florence Nightingale both found that a single woman was not even free to respond to God’s Call unless her parents, and especially her father, approved.
And yet, at a time when few women in the West could access any form of further education, there were those who were determined to empower girls and women in India, the Far East, China and Africa by providing them with the opportunity to attend schools. There were often huge cultural hurdles for those girls and women to overcome to attend such schools and yet many not only did gain an education but became teachers themselves.
The stories of those women who went from the West to start those schools are often “hidden histories”. Here are some of those stories. And hopefully along the way we will learn more about the national women who became teachers. (All the stories on this website are copyright)
A Charter for Girls’ Education
Eliza Thornton – a singular success
Mary Anne Cooke Wilson and her Kolkata Schools
Pioneering Girls’ Education in India
St Margaret’s School, Singapore – the early years
Sophia Cooke’s Mission to China
Mary Ann Aldersey and the “first girls’ school” in China
S India’s first female teacher training institute
Anna Satthianadhan: her schools and her legacy
Reflections on K Satthiandhan’s Saguna
Pioneering Girls’ Schools in South Africa
Jemima Bausum Lord was inspired by people like Mary Ann Aldersey and Maria Dyer (the mother of Maria Hudson Taylor) and played a significant role in the lives of James and Maria Hudson Taylor.
I wrote her story after hearing about the death of Joy Bausum. She died in Malaysia in August 2010 where she had been teaching refugee children. It is now called the Joy Bausum School. Just Google “Joy Bausum” to learn more about her.
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My brother, Dan Bausum, told me about your articles about Jemima. I have read them all today and can hardly wait for the next installment. You are an excellent writer, and the story is fascinating. Thank you for sharing it with me. Kathy Perry