“Over two-hundred and fifty colleges and universities are giving definite courses of instruction in household science.”
-Journal of National Education 1916 p.39
That’s right! Back in 1916 there was such a thing as “household science,” which basically meant that women would go to school to be better stay at home wives and mothers. It taught them the importance of how to be as efficient in the home as possible. During this period they were proud that women could pursue these degrees, not to say that we are not proud of all the stay at home moms out there. It was considered not feminine, and was almost unheard of to want to pursue a degree in math and science. A woman retaining her femininity was more important then receiving a higher education at this time, which seems pretty baffling in comparison to now.