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The Curse of Athena: Female Illiteracy in the Greek Countryside

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The present chapter focuses on female education in the Greek countryside. It also seeks to explore why schooling was a taboo for the parents who were prejudiced against their daughters’ education. Another problem was the fact that the Greek villagers could not afford schooling because they were poor. Girls were destined to stay at home and serve as their mothers’ help in the household chores. However, there were regional specifities that determined women’s course towards schooling as the richer the place the more chances it stood for supplying the girls with knowledge. According to tables that are included in this chapter, female schooling in the Greek countryside slightly improved towards the turn of nineteenth century, and only at the beginning of the twentieth century were there some signs of clear improvement.

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