"In the Company of Educated Women" by Barbara Miller          Solomon

In the Company of Educated Women A History of Women and Higher Education in America Barbara Miller Solomon

Format:
Paperback
Publication date:
10 Sep 1986
ISBN:
9780300036398
Imprint:
Yale University Press
Dimensions:
336 pages: 235 x 156mm
Sales territories:
World

A leading authority in the field here provides the first synthetic and comprehensive history of women in American higher education in over fifty years.
“Essential reading for feminists and educators, appealing to general readers as well, this study joins familiar material with new insights gleaned from fiction, journals and the records of deans and dons.” –Publishers Weekly
“An absorbing history of women’s higher education in the United States.” –Patricia Meyer Spacks, The New Republic
“Will be invaluable to social historians or anyone interested in the education of women.” –Sue Beckwith, New Directions for Women
“An aid and resource for women to continue their struggle for equality, it is a work of both scholarship and inspiration.” –Jurgen Herbst, Reviews in American History
“[An] excellent history.” –Christine Bolt, Times Higher Education Supplement
“A major contribution to the exploration of women’s past.” –Joyce Antler, American Educator
“This marvelous and monumental book will be an enduring classic—a major contribution to our understanding of historical changes in the lives of American women during the past two hundred years.  It is a very human book, filled with humor as well as statistics, and it will be enjoyed by a general as well as an academic audience.” –Kathryn Kish Sklar

"A lively account of the struggle for women's education, based on students' letters and diaries and women's achievements over the last 200 years."—Phyllis Coons, Boston Globe


"A historical approach toward the higher education of women, tracing it from the first academies to the growth of community colleges."—Julia M. Klein, Philadelphia Inquirer


"Barbara Solomon's excellent history of women and higher education in America helps us to determine how opposition to it was eroded, what women made of their new opportunities, and what obstacles still remain. Her study ranges from colonial times to the present, and while building on the work of those who have focused on the institutions and individual educators, it has the great merit of surveying, through an impressive combination of literary and statistical sources, the overall experience of women who went to college. The author considers the motives that impelled them forward, the role of those who helped them, the associations they formed while at college and the routes they took on leaving."—Christine Bolt, Times Higher Education Supplement


"[An] excellent, comprehensive study of women's education. . . . Demonstrating a firm grasp of the arguments, Solomon emerges as an integrationist, believing that neither women's studying nor the study of women should be done in isolation.  This is the most thorough study of women's higher education since Mabel Newcomer's A Century Of Higher Education For American Women.  Essential for public and academic libraries."—Library Journal


"Essential reading for feminists and educators, appealing to general readers as well, this study joins familiar material with new insights gleaned from fiction, journals and the records of deans and dons."—Publishers Weekly


"The book provides a wealth of factual information about institutions and personalities.  It carefully interweaves the facts with analytical themes focusing on the struggle for access to higher education, the impact of education on women's lives and the uneasy connection between women's academic progress and feminism. . . . A skillful synthesis which will undoubtedly become a classic."—Margaret Walsh, History


"[An] engaging, comprehensive treatment of the topic. The work is comprehensive in every sense . . . [and] certain to be the standard reference in the field for some time to come."—Susan B. Carter, Journal of Economic History


"Solomon has put together a superb history of American women's quest for and experience of higher education. . . . It is for jewels of this kind, as well as for the larger analysis of trends and of cause and effect, that one reads history. . . . Her study is a fine survey, which brings together the results of several decades of extremely interesting research on the history of American women and higher learning."—Alison Prentice, History of Education


"The book graphically documents the slow, unsteady advancement of women into the colleges, universities, and other powerful institutions of a democratic society still trying to live up to its basic tenets. . . . Her book illustrates how women have gained a stronger foothold in the academic world each time a major American calamity or shift in values has made educating more women beneficial to the nation. . . . Like all good history, Barbara Solomon's book is as valuable for the light it sheds on the present as for its clarification of the past. . . . This is a thoroughly researched, well written volume. . . . The book is a rich resource that will enlighten general as well as academic audiences. . . . It is illuminating to re-examine the United States' higher education system from different perspectives, in this case the educated woman's."—Roger G. Baldwin, Journal of Educational Administration and History


Winner of the American Educational Research Association’s 1986 Outstanding Book Award


Winner of the Association of American Colleges and Universities’s 1986 Frederic W. Ness Award (in honor of the President-Emeritus of the Association) for the most significant contribution to studies on liberal education


Awarded Honorable Mention for the Educator’s Award from the Delta Kappa Gamma Society International, 1986


"Solomon's story, so thoughtfully carried down to the present, is one we have needed for a long time and certainly need now when the women's movement is no longer simply contemporary but a force of historical significance.  The book is engagingly written and deeply informed."—Carl N. Degler, Margaret Byrne Professor of American History, Stanford University


"This excellent, meticulously researched study is the first comprehensive history of women's higher education in this country. It will immediately become the standard work in the field, and will be invaluable to social historians generally as well as to those especially interested in women or in education."—Anne Firor Scott, W.K. Boyd Professor & Chairman, Department of History, Duke University


"This marvelous and monumental book will be an enduring classic—a major contribution to our understanding of historical changes in the lives of American women during the past two hundred years. It is a very human book, filled with humor as well as statistics, and it will be enjoyed by a general as well as an academic audience."—Kathryn Kish Sklar, University of California, Los Angeles


"This is one of several recent works that, in returning to the study of women's public behavior, herald a transition in the field of women's history.  Solomon's achievement is that she does not simply refocus attention from the private to the public sphere but rather underscores the connections between the two."—Lee Chambers-Schiller, United States


"Solomon has created the new standard reference work for the field. . . . Solomon has successfully surveyed and synthesized women's encounter with liberal education from the colonial era to the present."—Lynn D. Gordon