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Women in the Archives Research Guide

Montana State University

Women have always played an important role in education. Women's place was considered to be in the home through the early 1800s, and women were not seen as being suitable to manage a class of unruly students. However, a labor crisis in education and cheaper salaries for women led to many schoolteacher jobs being filled by women in the late 1800s and early 1900s, particularly on the Western frontier. Women at MSU also paved the road for women entering higher education positions.