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Women and Education


These are some examples of electronic resources relating to women and education.

Women's education in developing countries: barriers, benefits, and policies.  Edited by Elizabeth M. King and Anne M. Hill. Baltimore; London: Published for the World Bank [by] the Johns Hopkins University Press, 1998.

Sailing against the wind: African Americans and women in US. education.  Edited by Kofi Lomotey. Albany: State University of New York Press, c1997.

The college, the market, and the court, or, Woman's relation to education, labor, and law.  Caroline Wells Healey Dall. Boston: Lee and Shepard, 1867.

Girls and literacy in America: historical perspectives to the present. Edited by Jane Greer. Santa Barbara, Calif.; Oxford: ABC-CLIO, c2003.

For girls only: making a case for single-sex schooling. Janice by Streitmatter. Albany: State University of New York Press, c1999.


Using the Online Catalog to find books

The fastest and easiest way to find books on the topic of women and education is to search Duke's Online Catalog.  The topic of women and education includes books from both Special Collections which are library use only as well as books from the circulating collection in Perkins/Bostock.

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Books on Education

Below are just a few books pertaining to women and education.

Women and Education

Bright Promise.  Jan Nickerson. New York: Funk & Wagnalls [1965]

The Education feminism reader. Edited by Lynda Stone, with the assistance of Gail Masuchika Boldt. New York: Routledge, 1994.

The education of a Christian woman: a sixteenth-century manual. Juan Luis Vives. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000.

The education of American girls considered in a series of essays. Anna C. Brackett. New York, G. P. Putnam's, c1874, 1879.

Instructions for the education of a daughter. François de Salignac de La Mothe Fénelon. London: Printed for John Bowyer, 1708.

Pioneers of Women's Education in the United States: Emma Willard, Catherine Beecher, Mary Lyon. Edited by Willystine Goodsell. New York and London: McGraw-Hill, 1931.

The Potential Woman: A Book for Young Ladies. Jennie Fowler Willing. Boston, McDonald & Gill [c1886]

Sex in education; or, A fair chance for the girls. Edward H. Clarke. Boston: J. R. Osgood and Company, 1873.

Thoughts on the education of daughters, with reflections on female conduct in the more important duties of life. Mary Wollstonecraft. London: J. Johnson, 1787.

Woman, her education and influence. Mrs. Hugo Reid. New York, Boston [etc.]: Fowlers & Wells [1847]

Women and education, 1800-1980. Jane Martin. Basingstoke, Hampshire; New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2004.

Women and Education: A Feminist Perspective. Rae Lee Siporin. [Pittsburgh: Know, Inc., 1972] 

Women's Education in the United States, 1780-1840. Margaret A. Nash.  New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.

The structure and agency of women's education. Edited by Mary Ann Maslak. Albany: State University of New York Press, c2008.

Woman neglected in education and the causes and effects. H. K. Vineyard. Knoxville, Tenn.: Ogden Bros. & Co., 1886.

The young lady's book: or, principles of female education. William Hosmer.  Auburn: Derby & Miller, 1851.

Women and education: equity or equality? Edited by Elizabeth Fennema and M. Jane Ayer. Berkeley, Calif.: McCutchan Pub. Corp., c1984.

Women and Higher Education

Black women in the ivory tower, 1850-1954 : an intellectual history. Stephanie Y. Evans. Gainesville: University Press of Florida, c2007.

History of Higher Education of Women in the South Prior to 1860. Isabella Margaret Elizabeth Blandin. New York and Washington: Neale Publishing Co., 1909.

The Poor Woman's Guide to College. Eileen Gray. San Francisco: People's Press, 1974. 

Reconstructing the Academy: Women's Education and Women's Studies. Elizabeth Minnich, Jean O'Barr, and Rachel Rosenfield, eds. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1988.

Some Action of Her Own : The Adult Woman and Higher Education.  Edited by Helen S. Astin.  Lexington, Mass.: Lexington Books, c1976.

Southern women at the seven sister colleges : feminist values and social activism, 1875-1915.  Joan Marie Johnson. Athens: University of Georgia Press, c2008.

The 'Woman Question' and Higher Education : Perspectives on Gender and Knowledge Production in America. Edited by Ann Mari May; with a foreword by Alice Kessler-Harris. Cheltenham, UK; Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar, c2008.