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ERIC Number: EJ742139
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 17
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2680
A Time of Quiet Activism: Research, Practice, and Policy in American Women's Higher Education, 1945-1965
Eisenmann, Linda
History of Education Quarterly, v45 n1 p1-17 Spr 2005
This article reflects on three narratives that affected American women's participation in higher education during the first twenty years after World War II. In hindsight, the educators of the 1950s and early 1960s may seem gratuitously meek and self-effacing. In comparison to later efforts, their activism can appear unnecessarily limited and too adaptive. Yet, the nature of the advocacy practiced by these postwar educators suited itself to the opportunities and the thinking of an era filled with ambivalence about how women should balance home with career, community work with national service, and personal fulfillment with societal expectation. (Contains 44 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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