École normale supérieure de jeunes filles

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The École normale supérieure de jeunes filles (also, École normale supérieure de Sèvres) was a French institute of higher education, in Sèvres, now a commune in the suburbs of Paris. The school educated girls only, especially as teachers for the secondary education system.[1] It was founded on 29 July 1881 on the initiative of Camille Sée, following the Sée-inspired act of the legislature which established Lycées for girls.


Upon the school's founding, French Minister of National Education Jules Ferry named philosopher and educator Julie Velten Favre director of the institution.[2] The school was initially housed in the former buildings of the Manufacture nationale de Sèvres, from which it was ejected in 1940; it was reinstated in the Boulevard Jourdan, in the 14th arrondissement. It existed until 1985, when it merged with the École Normale Supérieure, Rue d'Ulm, forming a coeducational school.[3]

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  1. ^ Fox, Robert (2012). The Savant and the State: Science and Cultural Politics in Nineteenth-Century France. JHU Press. p. 288. ISBN 9781421405223. 
  2. ^ Long, Kathleen P., ed. (2006). Religious Differences in France: Past and Present. Truman State University Press. ISBN 9781931112574. 
  3. ^ Chimisso, Cristina (2008-01-01). Writing The History of the Mind: Philosophy and Science in France, 1900 to 1960s. Ashgate. pp. 20 n. 32. ISBN 9780754690252. 

Coordinates: 48°49′21″N 2°19′53″E / 48.822439°N 2.331312°E / 48.822439; 2.331312