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Contradictions in Women’s Education: Traditionalism, Careerism, and Community at a Single-Sex College


reviewed by Athena Perrakis — 2004

coverTitle: Contradictions in Women’s Education: Traditionalism, Careerism, and Community at a Single-Sex College
Author(s): Barbara J. Bank and Harriet M. Yelon
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807743631, Pages: 184, Year: 2003
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Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose.  Indeed, in higher education, the more things change, the more things tend to remain the same.  Among those ‘things’ that has hardly changed over the last two centuries is the debate about gender in higher education and whether or not the process of earning a college or university degree is the same for men and women.  In Contradictions in Women’s Education, Barbara Bank sheds light on the many tensions and controversies that characterize discussions of women’s higher education.  She argues that many women model their educational careers after men, yet find that they are neither welcomed into nor adequately trained for careers men traditionally pursue.  Caught between paradigms of gender traditionalism and academic careerism, women struggle to find a supportive environment within which to pursue their degrees.  By raising important questions about the role of community or social networks for female undergraduates, Bank explores how one cohort of female students at a small women’s college negotiated the contradictory imperatives of... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 106 Number 2, 2004, p. 271-273
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 11196, Date Accessed: 1/20/2018 4:15:48 PM

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  • Athena Perrakis
    University of Southern California
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    ATHENA PERRAKIS is the co-author of several articles on remedial education and college retention. She teaches Composition and Leadership at the University of Southern California, and is also the Director of the Writing Center at USC.
 
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