Posted on March 8 2018 by Evan McGonagill

Further Resources on Women and Higher Education: a Bibliography

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"Viewing a Book in the Library" (Wellesley College),

Included here is a bibliography of scholarly works originally included in the beta launch of College Women in May 2015. Some of the works are specific to the Seven Sisters colleges, but many of them focus on topics that are not fully represented by the institutional collections found in College Women. We wanted to share this content again as a resource for our readers to situate these collections within the context of scholarship about women’s higher education in the United States and to provide a starting point for a further exploration.

College Women Bibliography: Suggestions for Further Reading (May 2015)

  • Eisenmann, Linda. Higher Education for Women in Postwar America, 1945-1965. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006.     
  • Faehmel, Babette. College Women in the Nuclear Age: Cultural Literacy and Female Identity, 1940-1960. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2012.   
  • Gordon, Lynn D. Gender and Higher Education in the Progressive Era. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1990.     
  • Horowitz, Helen Lefkowitz. Alma Mater: Design and Experience in the Women’s Colleges from Their Nineteenth-Century Beginnings to the 1930s. Second edition. (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1993)     
  • Johnson, Joan Marie. Southern Women at the Seven Sister Colleges: Feminist Values and Social Activism, 1875-1915. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2008.
  • Kelley, Mary. Learning to Stand and Speak: Women, Education, and Public Life in America’s Republic. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2008.     
  • Kendall, Elaine. “Peculiar Institutions”: An Informal History of the Seven Sisters Colleges.New York: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1975.     
  • Lowe, Margaret. Looking Good: College Women and Body Image, 1875-1930. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003.     
  • MacKay, Anne. Wolf Girls at Vassar: Lesbian and Gay Experiences, 1930-1990. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1992.     
  • Nash, Margaret A. Women's Education in the United States, 1780-1840. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005   
  • Palmieri, Patricia Ann. In Adamless Eden: The Community of Women Faculty at Wellesley. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1997.     
  • Peril, Lynn. College Girls: Bluestockings, Sex Kittens, and Coeds, Then and Now. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2006.   
  • Perkins, Linda M. “The African American Female Elite: The Early History of African American Women in the Seven Sister Colleges, 1880-1960.” Harvard Educational Review 4 (Winter 1997): 718-756.    
  • Porterfield, Amanda. Mary Lyon and the Mount Holyoke Missionaries. New York: Oxford University Press, 1997.     
  • Rosenberg, Rosalind. Beyond Separate Spheres: Intellectual Roots of Modern Feminism. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1982.     
  • Solomon, Barbara Miller. In the Company of Educated Women. New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 1985.     
  • Thelin, John R. A History of American Higher Education. Baltimore, MD: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004.     
  • Verbrugge, Martha H. Active Bodies: A History of Women’s Physical Education in Twentieth-Century America. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.
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