Drawing on yearbooks, photographs, and other private collections, Our Rightful Place: A History of Women at the University of Kentucky, 18801945 examines the struggle for gender equity in higher education through the lens of one major institution. In the face of shifting resistance, pioneering women constructed opportunities for themselves. Terry L. Birdwhistell and Deirdre A. Scaggs highlight three women Sarah Blanding, Frances Jewell McVey, and Sarah Bennett Holmes who fought for access to basic facilities that were denied to UK women for decades, including housing and study spaces. By examining the trials and triumphs of UK's first female undergraduates, faculty, and administrators, this book uncovers the lasting impact women had on higher learning in the early days of coeducation.
About the Author
Deirdre A. Scaggs is associate dean of the University of Kentucky Libraries Special Collections Research Center. She also serves as director of the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center. She is author of Women in Lexington and coauthor of The Historic Kentucky Kitchen: Traditional Recipes for Today's Cook.
Table of Contents
1 First Women and the Will to Succeed 9
2 Frances Jewell McVey and the Refinement of Student Culture 57
3 Sarah Blanding and the Modern College Woman 101
4 Economic Depression and an Uncertain Future 130
5 World War II and the Illusion of Equality 164
What People are Saying About This
" Our Rightful Place combines archival documents and rare period piece photographs to enhance our understanding of women as academic pioneers at the University of Kentucky. It also fills significant gaps about regional history and higher education in the South. Scaggs and Birdwhistell bring to life the contributions of women as members of the campus community at the University of Kentucky during the crucial decades from 1880 to 1950." John R. Thelin, author of A History of American Higher Education, Third Edition