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A Plan for Improving Female Education, Emma Hart Willard, 1819
This passage is an excerpt from Emma Willard’s speech to the New York State legislature, delivered in 1819 regarding a woman’s access to appropriate education.

Willard, Emma. "Benefits of Female Seminaries." 1918. A Plan for Improving Female Education. Second ed. Middlebury, Vermont: J.W. Copeland, 1819. 26-28. Print.

What is the purpose of lines 54-64 (That nature...consider as important)?


To make a connection between society’s expectations of women to their aptitude for becoming exceptional teachers.


To emphasize that a woman’s most important role is that of wife and mother.


To highlight the sensitive and amenable nature of the female sex.


To argue that a woman’s lack of physical strength prevents her from pursuing many occupations.