Deans of Women and the Feminist Movement: Emily Taylor's Activism (Historical Studies in Education)

Deans of Women and the Feminist Movement: Emily Taylor's Activism (Historical Studies in Education)



""Deans of Women and the Feminist Movement explores the life of Emily Taylor, Dean of Women at the University of Kansas, who belied the stereotype of an administrator bent on discipline, following a line of feminist Midwestern deans and fostering feminismbefore the women's liberation movement. Early deans in this period brought labor feminism to student affairs, building career skills for college women through a national network over two hundred thousand students strong by the mid-1960s. In the nineteen-fifties, Taylor taught students autonomy, even when they resisted it. She peeled back parietal rules, enacted sex education, counseled unplanned pregnancies and rape victims, while also supporting civil rights, calming New Left student protest, and fusingher work with radical feminists. She brought ""deaning"" to the national stage at the American Council on Education where she doubled women college presidents in a decade. Taylor's story shows the feminist history in student affairs, and how feminist deansforegrounded women's studies and created professional preparation for college women to combine marriage, motherhood and paid work""--

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