Higher Education For Women In Postwar America, 1945-1965 / Edition 1

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Overview

This history explores the nature of postwar advocacy for women's higher education, acknowledging its unique relationship to the expectations of the era and recognizing its particular type of adaptive activism. Linda Eisenmann illuminates the impact of this advocacy in the postwar era, identifying a link between women's activism during World War II and the women's movement of the late 1960s.

Though the postwar period has been portrayed as an era of domestic retreat for women, Eisenmann finds otherwise as she explores areas of institution building and gender awareness. In an era uncomfortable with feminism, this generation advocated individual decision making rather than collective action by professional women, generally conceding their complicated responsibilities as wives and mothers.

By redefining our understanding of activism and assessing women's efforts within the context of their milieu, this innovative work reclaims an era often denigrated for its lack of attention to women.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Editorial Reviews

Choice

Groundbreaking synthesis... Highly recommended.

Journal of American History
Eisenmann gives the postwar activists the attention they merit and insightfully conveys their value in women's educational history.

— Nancy Woloch

Journal of Social History
For social, labor, and women's historians interested in the middle twentieth century, the book is a critically important one.

— Marry Ann Dzuback

Journal of Cold War Studies
Eisenmann also makes an important contribution to our understanding of postwar American society.

— Susan Ware

Review of Higher Education
This is an interesting book and Eisenmann skillfully demonstrates the connections between governmental policy, social ideologies, and higher education.

— Jana Nidiffer

Journal of Social History - Marry Ann Dzuback
For social, labor, and women's historians interested in the middle twentieth century, the book is a critically important one.
Journal of Cold War Studies - Susan Ware
Eisenmann also makes an important contribution to our understanding of postwar American society.
Choice
Groundbreaking synthesis... Highly recommended.
History: Reviews of New Books
Historians of education and gender will find the book useful.

— Amy Thompson McCandless

Review of Higher Education - Jana Nidiffer
This is an interesting book and Eisenmann skillfully demonstrates the connections between governmental policy, social ideologies, and higher education.
History: Reviews of New Books - Amy Thompson McCandless
Historians of education and gender will find the book useful.
Journal of American History - Nancy Woloch
Eisenmann gives the postwar activists the attention they merit and insightfully conveys their value in women's educational history.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801887451
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 8/21/2007
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Linda Eisenmann is the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at John Carroll University, past president of the History of Education Society, and president-elect of the Association for the Study of Higher Education.

Johns Hopkins University Press

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Table of Contents

1 Postwar gender expectations and realities 11
2 Educators consider the postwar college woman 43
3 Research : the American Council on Education's Commission on the Education of Women 87
4 Practice : advocacy in women's professional organizations 112
5 Policy : the President's Commission on the Status of Women 141
6 Women's continuing education as an institutional response 179
7 The contributions and limitations of women's continuing education 210
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