Dutch term – Meisjesschool

A meisjesschool is a school for girls. These schools started to appear in the 1800s to teach the daughters of the upper classes. Besides reading and arithmetic, they would be taught to draw, sew, and make music. Meisjesscholen were typically available in large cities only.

Drawing lesson at school for girls in Amsterdam, 1807. Credits: Amsterdam City Archives (public domain)

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