Although many of the girls married not long after graduating and became homemakers, a food proportion took up teaching.
In Massachusetts in 1810 it was estimated that one in five of American-born white women had taught at some time.
Mount Holyoke opened as a top-notch female seminary in 1832 in western Massachusetts. Would-be students beseiged the school; soon there were more than six applicants for every first-year spot.
By 1840 most American-born white women could read and write.