Nathan Hale: Yale 1773 :: Curator: Richard E. Mooney mssa exhibition

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The Years At Yale: Scholar, Athlete, Women's Rights Advocate
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An early advocate for women's rights
At graduation exercises in Center Church on September 3, 1773, Hale took part in a debate on "Whether the Education of Daughters Be Not, Without Any Just Reason, More Neglected Than That of Sons." Hale argued for the affirmative - that the education of girls was virtually ignored. (Only boys went to school.) According to his classmate James Hillhouse, Hale won it for the girls. Hale then did something about it as schoolmaster in New London, holding summer classes for "young ladies" at 5:30 in the morning.