Women as Radicals and Conservators
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"By combining history, theory, philosophy, case studies and monographs with broader issues, Changing Education shows how educational experience and knowledge are deeply gendered. One of its strengths—indeed the excitement of women's studies in general—is its breadth and interdisciplinary nature. It pays attention to such issues in feminist theory andwomen's studies as women's culture and the sameness versus difference debate; at the same time it provides a wealth of information and new material that is not available elsewhere. " — Susan Ware, New York University
"It highlights gender as a cultural phenomenon, showing that women's experience in education has been shaped by gender-specific stereotypes and concepts. At the same time, the essays show how women used gender categories to their own advantage to create new lines of work (such as kindergarten teaching and child study activity) or to overcome societal prejudice by way of collective action (such as the Boston Women's Health Collective).
"It makes an important contribution to the debate about women's culture versus women's politics, showing the significance of each; e. g., the women's page of the Jewish Daily Foreword as a vehicle for women's (traditional) culture and contemporary committed feminism. I think you have a winner here. " — Ann J. Lane, Colgate University