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From the Publisher"Catholic women, and in particular Catholic sisters, have played a critical role in the expansion of women’s higher education in the United States, but their story has been eclipsed in multiple ways. Liberating Sanctuary is a much needed window into that history, exploring the tenacious and visionary work of the women who built the College of Saint Catherine in Saint Paul, MN. The stories of how this was done are a powerful contribution to the broader history of American women."
— Sara M. Evans, author of Born for Liberty: A History of Women in America and Regents Professor Emerita, University of Minnesota
"This is a book worthy of the College that it examines—smart, thoughtful, probing, engaging, and grounded in its wider historical context. Adopting a sophisticated feminist-based analysis, the authors look at the conflicting pressures on the College of St. Catherine to be whole heartedly feminist and loyally Catholic; they ask and answer hard questions about the history of St. Catherine’s as well as about the history of women’s higher education; they explore the amazing contributions of Catholic colleges, especially those for women, to the history of education in America. This is an important book for St. Kate’s loyalists, of course, but also for scholars of American education, American religion, and American women. Well done."—Annette Atkins, author of Creating Minnesota: A History from the Inside Out and professor at St. John’s University and College of St. Benedict
"This collection of essays opens a door into the unique world of a community of Catholic women who created a college over a century ago that still flourishes. A particularly revealing chapter entitled, “Theology Fit for Women: Religious Wisdom, St. Catherine’s Style,” probes the ingenuity with which faculty over the years negotiated the delicate balance between fidelity to their traditional faith and promotion of the cause of women in church and society. Those interested in bringing the story of Catholic women into mainstream accounts of the women’s movement in U.S. church and society need to read this book."—Karen Kennelly, CSJ, co-editor of Gender Identities in American Catholicism and past president of Mount St. Mary’s College in Los Angeles.