Lone Voyagers: Academic Women in Coeducational Institutions, 1870-1937

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   In biography, autobiography, and other documents, this volume offers portraits of seven women who were the first of their sex to work as faculty and deans at coeducational universities in the United States and Canada. Most historians of higher education for women have focused their attention on women's colleges where the critical mass of faculty and students allowed communities of women to develop. Here, thanks to the recent research of seven scholars, we have stories of pathbreakers, pioneers,...
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   In biography, autobiography, and other documents, this volume offers portraits of seven women who were the first of their sex to work as faculty and deans at coeducational universities in the United States and Canada. Most historians of higher education for women have focused their attention on women's colleges where the critical mass of faculty and students allowed communities of women to develop. Here, thanks to the recent research of seven scholars, we have stories of pathbreakers, pioneers, models of achievement, loneliness, isolation, and solitary triumphs recorded in journals, letters, and memoirs. The group of women includes an engineering graduate, two physicians, and an economist. The "woman question" loomed large in their lives and work: several were active in the suffrage movement, others worked on gender in research, or for such improvments as the 10-hour work day.
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Contemporary scholars profile seven American and Canadian academics who helped transform popular notions of womanhood by pursuing careers beyond the confines of all-female colleges, although even in coeducational institutions some were slotted into roles like dean of women. Biographical studies are followed by revealing excerpts from letters, journals and scholarly works, out of which emerge the figures' triumphs and moments of despair. ``It seems as soon as I get over one hurdle, the president of the college sets up another,'' wrote an exasperated Lucy Diggs Slowe, Dean of Women at Howard University in 1933. An examination of Grace Raymond Hebard, chair of the department of political history of the University of Wyoming, offers a forthright, insightful analysis of the importance of close bonds between professional women in the early 20th century. The varying degrees of politicization and feminist affiliation as well as the regional heterogeneity of the subjects here produce a welcome multiplicity of voices--albeit predominantly middle-class, white voices. However, the introduction by Clifford, a professor of education at Berkeley, is disappointing in its disregard for chronology. Photos not seen by PW. (Aug.)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780935312850
  • Publisher: Feminist Press at CUNY, The
  • Publication date: 1/1/1993
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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