This book offers an extensive introduction to the philosophical work of Catharine Macaulay, as expressed in her
Letters on Education (1790). It traces the theme of gender and education comparing Macaulay’s ideas to those of her contemporaries, Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Hester Chapone, and Stéphanie de Genlis. In the process, it presents a clear picture of the eighteenth-century quarrel that debates the interassociation among gender, education, and intellectual attainment. This book intends to initiate an informed conversation with contemporary readers about Macaulay’s work on education within its own historical context so that fair assessments of her work can be made. It also argues that any complete history of the philosophy of education must include Macaulay’s work.