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Higher Education for Women in Postwar America, 1945–1965

Linda Eisenmann

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Outstanding Academic Title for 2007, Choice Magazine

This history explores the nature of postwar advocacy for women's higher education, acknowledging its unique relationship to the expectations of the era and recognizing its particular type of adaptive activism. Linda Eisenmann illuminates the impact of this advocacy in the postwar era, identifying a link between women's activism during World War II and the women's movement of the late 1960s.

Though the postwar period has been portrayed as an era of domestic retreat for women, Eisenmann finds otherwise as she explores areas of institution…

Outstanding Academic Title for 2007, Choice Magazine

This history explores the nature of postwar advocacy for women's higher education, acknowledging its unique relationship to the expectations of the era and recognizing its particular type of adaptive activism. Linda Eisenmann illuminates the impact of this advocacy in the postwar era, identifying a link between women's activism during World War II and the women's movement of the late 1960s.

Though the postwar period has been portrayed as an era of domestic retreat for women, Eisenmann finds otherwise as she explores areas of institution building and gender awareness. In an era uncomfortable with feminism, this generation advocated individual decision making rather than collective action by professional women, generally conceding their complicated responsibilities as wives and mothers.

By redefining our understanding of activism and assessing women's efforts within the context of their milieu, this innovative work reclaims an era often denigrated for its lack of attention to women.

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Groundbreaking synthesis... Highly recommended.

This is an interesting book and Eisenmann skillfully demonstrates the connections between governmental policy, social ideologies, and higher education.

Historians of education and gender will find the book useful.

Eisenmann gives the postwar activists the attention they merit and insightfully conveys their value in women's educational history.

For social, labor, and women's historians interested in the middle twentieth century, the book is a critically important one.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Part I: Ideologies
1. Postwar Gender Expectations and Realities
2. Educators Consider the Postwar College Woman
Part II: Explorations
3. Research: The American Council on

Acknowledgments
Introduction
Part I: Ideologies
1. Postwar Gender Expectations and Realities
2. Educators Consider the Postwar College Woman
Part II: Explorations
3. Research: The American Council on Education's Commission on the Education of Women
4. Practice: Advocacy in Women's Professional Organizations
5. Policy: The President's Commission on the Status of Women
Part III: Responses
6. Women's Continuing Education as an Institutional Response
7. The Contributions and Limitations of Women's Continuing Education
Conclusion
Notes
Index

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Linda Eisenmann

Linda Eisenmann is the dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at John Carroll University, past president of the History of Education Society, and president-elect of the Association for the Study of Higher Education.