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    LDS Women’s Education,
    1875 – 1896

    Andrea Ventilla

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    About the Lecture

    The education of Latter-day Saint women in the late 19th century was similar to women’s education generally on the American frontier. For example, the increasing demand for women professionals could be satisfied only by vocational education. Ellis Shipp left Utah to study at the Philadelphia Women’s Medical College, then returned to Utah and practiced as a doctor. She went on to establish the School of Nursing and Obstetrics in 1879, thereby helping to educate Latter-day Saint women. Presenter Andrea Ventilla will share these and other stories highlighting women’s education.

    Andrea Ventilla earned a master’s degree in literature and linguistics and education from the University of Pecs in Hungary, and she is currently pursuing a doctorate degree. Andrea has focused her field of study on the history of education as well as sociology and educational theory. Her dissertation topic is LDS Women’s Education between 1875 and 1900, and she has also researched LDS Church history in Hungary and Eastern-European Mormon women. She is a member of the Utah State Historical Society and is a contributor to “Women of Faith in the Latter Days: Volume 1” edited by Richard E. Turley and Brittany Chapman.

    Andrea moved to the United States four years ago as her husband is pursuing a degree at BYU-Idaho. She lives in Rexburg and spends most of her time fulfilling her responsibilities as a full-time mother of three daughters as well as reading, traveling, and hiking with her family.

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