Map Tour: The Quest for Universal Schooling
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Female Teachers

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Map: Female Teachers in the Maritimes

Try This:

  • Click on the "More Maps" drop-down menu and select "Female Teachers in the Maritimes."
  • Under LAYER CONTROLS, turn on the checkboxes for "1851 Counties," "1871 Counties," "1891 Counties," each in turn, watching the changes in the map as you do so.

Notice ...

  • The proportion of male teachers in the Maritimes dropped significantly over this forty-year period.


  • Teaching had many of the hallmarks of child care, which was women’s work in the 19th century.
  • There was an English tradition of male school masters, and it faded only gradually.
  • Women may have been reluctant to take assignments in remote locations