Clio's Southern Sisters: Interviews with Leaders of the Southern Association for Women Historians

Clio's Southern Sisters: Interviews with Leaders of the Southern Association for Women Historians

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University of Missouri Press

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Clio's Southern Sisters: Interviews with Leaders of the Southern Association for Women Historians

It is no accident that the Southern Association for Women Historians enjoys the founding date of 1970. After extended and often bitter engagement with entrenched sexism in the decades following World War II, women historians found their voices and crafted a means by which to be heard. The years between 1970 and 1980 represented a decade of optimism for women who sought equality in the workplace. Professional women, professors of history most especially, found hope in organizations such as the SAWH, created to address issues of visibility, legitimacy, and equality in historical associations and in employment.

In Clio’s Southern Sisters, Constance B. Schulz and Elizabeth Hayes Turner collect the stories of the women who helped to found and lead the organization during its first twenty years. These women give evidence, in strong and effective language, of the experiences that shaped their entrée into the profession. They vividly describe the point at which they experienced the shift in their lives and in the lives of those around them that led toward a new day for women in the history profession.

Some found that discrimination followed them like a shadow, and the pain of those days still remains with them. Others sought their graduate education in institutions where women were welcomed and where professors valued their work and encouraged their success. Yet when they entered the job market, they found that some employers flatly refused to consider them because they were women. Lost job opportunities for women were linked in tangled ways to the prevailing image of women as less desirable as colleagues, or as intellectually weaker than their male counterparts.

Through the SAWH, these women were able to make changes from within the profession. They felt an obligation to help the next generation of women scholars. In the midst of a national movement to end sex discrimination through legislation, to increase women’s consciousness-raising efforts, and to acknowledge the economic realities of women in the workforce, these women came together to form an organization that could enable them to have the careers they deserved. This timely volume will be appreciated by all those who reaped the benefits for which these “southern sisters” fought so hard.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780826215413
Publisher: University of Missouri Press
Publication date: 08/30/2004
Series: Southern Women Series
Pages: 296
Product dimensions: 6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.10(d)

Table of Contents

Prologue: How This Oral History Came to Beix
The Context
The Women's Rights Movement and the Origins and Development of the Southern Association for Women Historians1
The Interviews
A. Elizabeth Taylor21
Anne Firor Scott30
Barbara Brandon Schnorrenberg51
Mollie C. Davis60
Arnita A. Jones75
Rosemary F. Carroll87
Martha Swain105
Judith F. Gentry119
Carol K. Bleser134
Elizabeth Jacoway155
Jo Ann (Jody) Carrigan169
Betty Brandon184
Margaret Ripley Wolfe201
Darlene Clark Hine214
Joanne V. (Jan) Hawks225
A.Interview Questions243
B.Southern Association for Women Historians: List of Chairs or Presidents, 1970-2004245
C.SAWH Annual Meeting Addresses247
D.Southern Conferences on Women's History250
Biographical Index253

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