Changing the Subject

Changing the Subject

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This remarkable story begins in the years following the Civil War, when reformers -- emboldened by the egalitarian rhetoric of the post--Civil War era -- pressed New York City's oldest institution of higher learning to admit women in the 1870s. Their effort failed, but within twenty years Barnard College was founded, creating a refuge for women scholars at Columbia, as well as an academic beachhead qqfrom which women would make incursions into the larger university.qq By 1950, Columbia was granting more advanced degrees to women and hiring more female faculty than any other university.Within the next decade, Williams, Wesleyan, Dartmouth, Amherst, and the University of Virginia all admitted women. ... side by side in a coordinate relationship began to merge: Radcliffe with Harvard, Pembroke with Brown, and Jackson with Tufts. ... That year, the Barnard Alumnae Magazine featured a five- page photo essay on the arrival of a€œThe Class of 1971a€ to a a€œcoed campusa€ filled with young men.

Title:Changing the Subject
Author:Rosalind Rosenberg
Publisher:Columbia University Press - 2005-01-05


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