Educational Work of Women's Organizations, 1890-1960

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This book explores women's organizations and their various educational contributions through local, state, and national networks from 1890 to 1960. Contributors investigate how women united to support and sustain education in both formal and informal settings, and examine various associations.

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Editorial Reviews

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“This is an interesting and promising collection that brings much new material to light.”-- Linda Eisenmann, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences Professor of Education and History, John Carroll University

“This book tells a new story about women's voluntary organizations. Received narratives usually end with the 1920s but the rich array of chapters included here shows how women's groups shaped education through the 1960s. An outstanding collection.”-- Anne Ruggles Gere, Gertrude Buck Collegiate Professor, Professor of English and Education, University of Michigan

"Knuper and Woyshner's edited volume builds upon and extends our understanding of how education has been at the core of many women-driven reforms. Their research on women's educational work and leadership in a variety of settings and organizations has deepened our understanding of women's social situations, as well as contributed to our understanding of women's growth as individuals. Bringing insights from twelve case studies into the larger contemporary discussion of women's history, this volume provides new perspectives on the centrality of networking to women's public contributions to education and to the common good through the avenue of educational work. This volume is a must-read for scholars of women's history and for those who are interested in better understanding how the dynamics of gender and volunteerism helped shape education."--Andrea Walton, Associate Professor of Education, Indiana University-Bloomington

“What a useful collection! Original essays offer fascinating case studies of the organizing work and impact of twelve women's associations. The authors show how, from the Society of Women Engineers to the Southern Association of College Women, educated women changed society while they empowered themselves. This fresh collection of original essays is a welcome addition to the literature on the history of American education, philanthropy, and civil society in the twentieth century.”-- Ruth Crocker, Professor of History, Auburn University

"This extraordinary collection of essays places education in its proper place in the history of women—at the center of both their struggles for self-definition and their efforts to reform and broaden concepts of community. At the same time, the authors accord women their rightful place in the history of education by highlighting how their educational activities intersected with historical developments as diverse as Progressivism, racial integration, suburbanization, and the Cold War. The authors’ insights no doubt will stimulate further research into the many critical ways in which women have used education as a tool of social change."--Rebecca S. Montgomery, author of The Politics of Education in the New South: Women and Reform in Georgia, 1890-1930

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780230600072
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
  • Publication date: 12/26/2007
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Pages: 268
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Meet the Author

Anne Meis Knupfer is Professor of Educational Studies and Adjunct Professor, History and American Studies Departments, Purdue University.

Christine Woyshner is Associate Professor of Education, Temple University.

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Table of Contents

Introduction--Christine Woyshner & Anne Meis Knupfer
• Extending College Education to Southern Women--Joan Marie Johnson
• "Forwarding Our Great Purpose of Research in Education"--Laura Moses Hines
• Cold War Women--Laura Puaca
• The National College Equal Suffrage League--Jana Nidiffer
• Latter-Day Knights--Emily Mieras
• "The Worker Must Have Bread, But She Must Have Roses Too"--Liz Rohan
• The Student YMCA--Sharlene Cochrane
• "I Think I'd Like to Have the Experience of Meeting a Negro"--Marybeth Gasman
• Linked Together in Service--Kijua Sanders-McMurtry & Nia Woods Haydel
• PART IV: SCHOOLING CHILDREN * "Politics Are Quite Perplexing"--Barbara Beatty
• "We Are From the City, and We Are Here to Educate You"--Andrea Knecht
• The Suburban PTA and the Good Life--Claudia Keenan

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