Historical Dictionary of Women's Education in the United States

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Linda Eisenmann
Greenwood Publishing Group, 1998 - Education - 534 pages

The history of women's education in the United States presents a continuous effort to move from the periphery to the mainstream, and this book examines both formal and informal opportunities for girls and women. Through an introductory essay and nearly 250 alphabetically arranged entries, this reference book examines institutions, persons, ideas, events, and movements in the history of women's education in the United States. The volume spans the colonial era to the present, exploring settings from formal institutions such as schools and colleges to informal associations such as suffrage groups and reform organizations where women gained skills and used knowledge. A full picture of women's educational history presents their work in mainstream institutions, sex-segregated schools, and informal organizations that served as alternative educational settings.

Educational history varies greatly for women of different races, classes, and ethnicities. The experience of some groups has been well documented. Thus entries on the Seven Sisters women's colleges and the reform organizations of the Progressive Era convey wide historical detail. Other women have been studied only recently. Thus entries on African American school founders or women teachers present considerable new information that scholars interpret against a wider context. Finally, some women's history has yet to be adequately explored. Hispanic American women and Catholic teaching sisters are discussed in entries that highlight historical questions still remaining. Each entry is written by an expert contributor and concludes with a brief bibliography. The volume closes with a timeline of women's educational history and a list of important general works for further reading.


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LINDA EISENMANN is Associate Professor and Department Chair of Education in the doctoral program at the University of Massachusetts, Boston, where she teaches the history of higher education and the history of urban schooling. Previously, she was Assistant Director of the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College, a multidisciplinary research center for women. She has published on the history of women in higher education, the relationship between higher education and professionalization, and the history of teacher education. She is an Associate Editor of American National Biography.

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