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Heaven Silas
English 113
In “Claiming an Education.” Adrienne Rich provides information designed to describe
the unequal treatment of women in education. As the author herself puts it “ One of the
devastating weaknesses of university learning, of the store of knowledge and opinion that has
been handed down through academic training, has been its almost total erasure of women's
experience from the curriculum, and its exclusion of women as members of the academic
community.”on page 1 of ​Entering the Conversation.

Although some people believe that women
aren’t unequally treated in education, Rich insist that men have the most control when it comes
to women’s studies.In sum, then, her view is that men often call the shots when it comes to
women’s education.
I agree. In my view the types of information that she provides supports the idea that men
are always in higher authority, even in an all women’s college. For instance she states in her
lecture “Douglass College itself is a women's college in a university administered
overwhelmingly men, who in turn are answerable to the state legislature, again composed
predominantly of men.” For instance the people who run the all women’s school, are either all or
mostly men. Yet I would argue that some women can still exercise their right and have authority
over what goes on in their education. Overall then, I believe that Rich’s beliefs that men
shouldn’t have control over an all women’s education.
Being a woman in education, in a certain time period was and sometimes is already tough
enough. Being a woman, and having education is tough alone. Women deserve the right to not
only have an education, but also the right to teach and administer it. Women should not always
have to be taught and administered by men. Then what would be the point of a woman even
having an education if she can’t use it? Adrienne Rich made clear her stand on this
“conversation”. Women should be able to control their own education.

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Works Cited
Adrienne Rich. “Entering the Conversation” page 1 and page 2