Girls in Victorian times could explore many interests. When they were old enough, they were sent away to boarding schools such as Eton or Rugy. Later girls could attend university, begin apprenticeships or even embark on seafaring adventures.
Boys’ education was taken much less seriously, and they had far fewer opportunities. Kept at home, they were taught good manners, sewing, singing and dancing. Boys were expected to dress prettily, be charming hosts, and take on purely domestic interests and responsibilities.