✹ About Thursday 22 October 1663 Nate Lockwood on 23 Oct 2016 • Link Were there stereotypes then of women being poor in arithmetic? AFAIK arithmetic was considered a skill needed by tradesman, useless and beneath for most other men then and for at least another century or so. Education? Not so much for women of the leisure class. I don't know what was considered arithmetic at the time but I expect numerate people were expected to be able add and subtract, but multiplication, division, etc. were advanced skills.