The history of progress of the human race is the history of education. Hence it is necessary for every person, man or woman, to be educated. The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world. Women should be educated like men; otherwise there can be no peace or no progress. If you yoke an unbroken (untrained) horse with highly trained one, the carriage will be dashed to pieces sand the occupants’ lives will be destroyed. The family peace cannot be preserved with such ill-matched life-long companions.
Need for Female Education:
Napoleon was once asked what the greatest need of France was. He answered “Motherland’s National progress is impossible without trained and educated mothers.” If the women in any country are not educated about half the people in that country will be ignorant. The result is that such a country will not be able to go along with other nations in development and progress.
There is a great controversy going on in India whether women should receive higher education or not. Orthodox people are in favor of female education, but they are opposed to given them high education. But this view does not sound well. If women are mentally fit to receive higher education there seems to be no reason why they should not be allowed to develop their mental faculties. There is other group of liberal people which in favor of the female education. To give them only the rudiments of knowledge while they are eager for advanced studies is to condemn them to a place of inferiority.
Duties of Woman:
A woman has to play three distinct parts in the course of her life in each of which certain duties are expected of her. If she is able to do these well she is worthy of being called perfect woman. It is only by the help of education that she can hope to be able to do them satisfactorily.
The first duty of a woman is to be a good daughter. The second is to be a good wife. And the third is to be a good mother. Education teaches a mother what she should be. It also teaches her how she would do it to be a good daughter, a good wife and a good mother.
Advantages of an Educated Wife:
Many men spend their evening time at clubs and societies. But a gentleman with an educated wife will not feel the need of clubs and societies. He can share his thoughts with her and seek her advice in the trouble. He can spend his leisure time in her company. An educated lady will be a good friend, a clever nurse and useful adviser to her husband. She will be a true help-mate. She can retain husband’s affection and regard. An uneducated lady is always unable to share in his interests.
Influence of an Educated Mother:
There is a saying in English that “The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world”. The meaning is this that the mother exercises a very great influence over the lives of her children and is able to mould thoughts and characters. If she is educated she will make such and impression the mind of her child, that it will enable him in later life to grow into a good and great man.
Thus education will enable women to make their parents, husbands and children truly happy. Consequently it is very important that women should be educated.