Ipswich Female Seminary
in Ipswich, Massachusetts
was founded in 1828 by Zilpah P. Grant Banister
, making it one of the first major educational institutions for women
in the United States. According to the United States Department of Education
- A powerful proponent of women’s higher education during the first part of the 19th century was Mary Lyon, the founder of Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. Educated at a female academy in Byfield, Massachusetts, Lyon was befriended there by a teacher several years her elder, Zilpah Grant. Together, the two proceeded to found Ipswich Female Seminary in Massachusetts, where standards of personal conduct and discipline were emphasized, along with a rigorous curriculum. The seminary was distinguished by teachers’ emphasis not only on comprehension, but on questioning and analysis.
Mary Lyon left as the principal in 1834. The Seminary was discontinued in 1878.