When Women Ask the Questions: Creating Women's Studies in America

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In When Women Ask the Questions, Marilyn Boxer traces the successes and failures of women's studies, examines the field's enduring impact on the world of higher education, and concludes that the rise of women's studies has challenged the university in the same way that feminism has challenged society at large.

Drawing on her experiences as a historian, feminist, academic administrator, and former chair of a women's studies program, Boxer observes that by working for justice -- ...

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Overview

In When Women Ask the Questions, Marilyn Boxer traces the successes and failures of women's studies, examines the field's enduring impact on the world of higher education, and concludes that the rise of women's studies has challenged the university in the same way that feminism has challenged society at large.

Drawing on her experiences as a historian, feminist, academic administrator, and former chair of a women's studies program, Boxer observes that by working for justice -- and for changes necessary to make the attainment of justice a practical possibility -- women's studies ensures that women are heard in the processes and places where knowledge is created, taught, and preserved. The intellectual transformation behind the emergence of women's studies, Boxer concludes, is one of historic proportions. Like other great moments in human experience, it has given rise to a flowering of art, literature, and science, and to the challenging of previously accepted authorities of text and tradition.

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Editorial Reviews

Lynn D. Gordon
Boxer is well-qualified to write this first comprehensive intellectual history of women's studies. A complex and thoughtful volume accompanied by an enticing bibliography; both should be required reading for graduate students and faculty in many fields. —History of Education Quarterly
Mari Jo Buhle
This book is enormously valuable as a history of the first twenty-five years of women's studies within the larger context of higher education in the United States. The research is strong, the analysis clear and forceful. —American Historical Review
Mary Ann Dzuback
Boxer offers an enlightening examination of the political, social, intellectual, and cultural debates that initiated and informed the institutionalization of women's studies scholarship and programs in American higher education. —Journal of American History
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Upon the 25th anniversary of women's studies programs, Boxer (history, San Francisco State U.) assesses where we have been and where we are going in birthing a new field of knowledge in the larger context of the "Feminist Enlightenment," challenges to the traditional curriculum and power structure of US academia, and internal and external critics. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801858345
  • Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/1998
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 6.17 (w) x 9.18 (h) x 1.18 (d)

Meet the Author

Marilyn Jacoby Boxer is a professor of history at San Francisco StateUniversity and an Affiliated Scholar at Stanford University's Institute for Research on Women and Gender.

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Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Acknowledgments
Introduction: Speaking of Women's Studies 1
1 Feminist Advocacy, Scholarly Inquiry, and the Experience of Women 7
2 Constituting a New Field of Knowledge 25
3 Challenging the Traditional Curriculum 51
4 Changing the Classroom 79
5 Embracing Diversity 100
6 The Quest for Theory 126
7 "Knowledge for What?" 161
8 Critics Inside and Outside the Academy 191
9 The "Feminist Enlightenment" and the University 225
Notes 255
Bibliography 315
Index 351
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