ERIC Number: ED283413
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987-Apr-24
Coeducation and the Women's Rights Press, 1849-1920.
Butcher, Patricia Smith
The role of the women's rights press in reporting on and advancing coeducation in the United States is considered. The women's rights press was linked to the women's rights movement and articulated the goal that women should enjoy full participation in all aspects of U.S. life, including higher education. This analysis is based on 12 of the most prominent of the women's rights papers published between 1849 and 1920 and representing the major U.S. geographical areas. Using descriptive content analysis, attention is directed to how the editors, correspondents, and readers reacted to the advances and setbacks of coeducation. Topics include: how and why women's rights papers from different geographic regions varied in their perceptions of coeducation's success; reasons for the antipathy of women's rights activists toward colleges for women only; women's response to the causes and effects of the "fear of feminization" which swept through coeducational colleges in the early 1890s; and insights into why public opinion on coeducation shifted over the 71 years covered in the analysis. Analysis of how coeducation was reported in the women's rights press shows the vital link between women's education and their social equality. (Author/SW)
Publication Type: Historical Materials; Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Washington, DC, April 20-24, 1987).