University Women: A History of Women and Higher Education in Canada
Published by: McGill-Queen's University Press
Imprint: McGill-Queen's University Press
Published: November 2021
424 Pages, 152.00 x 229.00 x 0.90 in, 4 tables
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In University Women Sara MacDonald explores the processes of integration and separation that marked women’s contested entrance into higher education. Examining the period between 1870 and 1930, this book is the first to provide a comparative study of women at universities across Canada. MacDonald concludes that women’s higher education cannot be seen as a progressive narrative, a triumphant story of trailblazers and firsts, of doors being thrown open and staying open. The early promise of equal education was not fulfilled in the longer term, as a backlash against the growing presence of women on campuses resulted in separate academic programs, closer moral regulation, and barriers that restricted their admission into the burgeoning fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The modernization of higher education ultimately marginalized women students, researchers, and faculty within the diversified universities of the twentieth century.
University Women uncovers the systemic inequalities based on gender, race, and class that have shaped Canadian higher education. It is indispensable reading for those concerned with the underrepresentation of girls and women in STEM and current initiatives to address issues of access and equity within our academic institutions.
"A book on the entrance of women into institutions of higher education in Canada is long overdue and this will become the definitive work on the topic for many years to come." Catherine Gidney, St Thomas University and author of A Long Eclipse: The Liberal Protestant Establishment and the Canadian University, 1920–1970