Bess was Edna Buckman's best friend. They grew up together on Rubicam Avenue in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. Edna's parents believed in the equality of both boys and girls, men and women. But that wasn't the case for Bess. Her mother supported Bess going to high school. But her father resisted Bess training to be a teacher. Mr. Weiss believed education for girls was only to make her a better wife. This point of view backfired for Mr. Weiss. When in high school, Bess read the works of women writers like Mary Wollstonecraft, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, and Margaret Fuller. And this led to trouble for Bess at home. Find out about the story behind the scenes.
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