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  • Posted August 10, 2014

    Crescendo conclusion to a brilliant trilogy!

    A Woman's Education is the final of three volumes of enormously satisfying memoirs by Jill Ker Conway (the first being The Road From Coorain, and the second, True North).

    This final volume deals with Conway's decision to accept the position of President of Smith College, the first woman to be appointed as head of this renowned educational establishment. Conway's enduring study of educational opportunities and conditions in women's education made her magnificently suited for the job. In an understated, almost muted performance in this position, Conway brings about significant beneficial changes at Smith College, not least of which is the shift from the traditional male-dominated decision-making at the college to more and more women decision-makers.

    A Woman's Education also describes Conway's steady maturity at the leadership helm of the college. At the end of ten years, she faces other, deeply personal decisions that will shape what she wants to do with the rest of her life.

    If you have not read these memoirs, do yourself a favor--read The Road From Coorain, True North, and A Woman's Education for a rich and rewarding literary experience!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 11, 2003

    Integrating Personal and Professional

    Taking high level professional positions necessarily leads to compromises in one's personal life. Dr. Kerr Conway describes her adjustments to dealing with the complexities of a university from a distance and shows how she adjusted her life to these pressures both personally and professionally. She articulates an educated, feminist perspective that is truly honorable and helped her to succeed in a variety of endeavors. She also shows how she made life metamorphoses throughout her continuing development. One is left with a wish to know her better as a person and a professional. On the other hand, this is not a great book about learning to be an academic administrator, it is a better book on learning to be a person.

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