Magna Carta Women: Hannah More 1745-1833

Published: Wednesday 13 May 2015
Hannah More depicted in "Magna Carta Women" by Tracy Satchwill and a scan from the 1836 edition of Hannah More's book held at the Archives.

In 1799, Hannah More published a treatise on women’s education, Strictures on the Modern System of Female Education with a View to the Principles and Conduct of Women of Rank and Fortune. She believed that social reform must be preceded by moral reform of the nation, which should be initiated by upper-class women. Women with means should play an active part in charity and philanthropic work and therefore should be given an education more appropriate to their future roles. She urged her female readers to participate actively in the organisation of voluntary benevolent societies and in the foundation of hospitals, orphanages, Sunday Schools and charity schools for the education and relief of the poor. She and her sister were themselves instrumental in setting up twelve schools by 1800.

What we have in the Archives:

2 copies of her book, Strictures on the Modern System of Female Education, an 1801 (9th) edition in the Salmon Collection [Ref: BFSS Salmon/120] and an 1836 edition in the Murray Collection [Ref: MGC Murray/608].

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