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I'm Radcliffe. Fly Me! The Seven Sisters and the Failure of Women's Education


reviewed by Sonya Shapiro - 1978

coverTitle: I'm Radcliffe. Fly Me! The Seven Sisters and the Failure of Women's Education
Author(s): Liva Baker
Publisher: MacMillan Publishing, Indianapolis
ISBN: 0025063103, Pages: , Year: 1976
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If Liva Baker's title I'm Radcliffe Fly Mel sounds flippant, it only dramatizes in popular terms her charge that America's most prestigious women's colleges, the "seven sisters," have allowed themselves to be treated as the second sex. In a forceful accusation she calls on them to assume the leadership role for which they were supposedly created. Her indictment of them for their lack of meaningful direct impact, after almost a century of existence, on women's status in our society is skillfully accomplished. This in-depth study, using extensive historical evidence, results in a well-researched, documented, and convincing presentation. The sister colleges emanated from intellectual radicalism and the two most significant human rights movements of the nineteenth century—abolition and women's suffrage. In view of this, their performance is understandably disappointing. Barnard, Bryn Mawr, Mount Holyoke, Radcliffe, Smith, Vassar, and Wellesley were forerunners in the revolution to provide superior education for women. Although they... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 79 Number 3, 1978, p. 551-553
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 1180, Date Accessed: 2/28/2021 5:14:43 PM

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