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Where Visions Meet: Ellen Swallow Richards and Maria Montessori

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Home economics (now called family and consumer sciences [FCS] in the United States) and the Montessori education method were both started by strong women pioneers. American-born Ellen Swallow Richards (home economics founder) graduated from Vassar College (chemistry) the same year that Maria Montessori was born in Italy–1870. Both women were scientists and Richards was the first woman to graduate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) (sanitary engineering). Montessori was interested in engineering but completed studies in medicine (pediatrics) and psychology. She was one of the first female doctors in Italy (Association Montessori Internationale, 2020; Kramer, 2017; McGregor, 2020).

Document Type: Research Article

Affiliations: 1: Mount Saint Vincent University, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada 2: Director of the Maria Montessori Language and Cultural Center in Seattle, WA

Publication date: September 1, 2022

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