Longtime schoolteacher and principal, she was a charter member of the corporation of the Rhode Island School of Design, leader of the Rhode Island Society for the Collegiate Education of Women, which sponsored the establishment of Pembroke College at Brown University, and an ardent, early supporter of women's suffrage.
Buried near her brother, Providence's greatest mayor Thomas A. Doyle.
∼Although Sarah Doyle's formal education ended with her 1846 graduation from Providence's public high school, she devoted the rest of her life to educating young women and opening the doors of higher education to women. She resisted the confined nineteenth century notion of a "sphere of women," arguing that such a sphere was conceivable only with an infinite radius. Observing the many advantages men gained from club membership, Doyle joined the Women's Suffrage Association in 1870 and founded the Rhode Island's Women's Club shortly afterward. She taught high school in the Girl's Department of the Providence public schools and served as its principal from 1878?1892. Doyle was instrumental in founding the coeducational Rhode Island School of Design in 1877. In 1894, she became the first woman to receive an honorary degree from Brown University, earned for her strengths in teaching and training teachers. Doyle acquired an international reputation as an eminent educator, and through her travels observed that "the state of civilization of any country is closely associated with the position held by its women." By 1895, Brown President Elisha Andrews turned to Doyle for help in raising funds for a woman's college, which she did with great success, and Pembroke Hall opened its doors in 1897. Doyle remained an advocate for women's rights and active in Brown life until her death in 1922.
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