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Thought Knows No Sex: Women's Rights at Alfred University

reviewed by Judith Glazer-Raymo - December 09, 2008

coverTitle: Thought Knows No Sex: Women's Rights at Alfred University
Author(s): Susan Rumsey Strong
Publisher: State University of New York Press, Albany
ISBN: 079147514X, Pages: 217, Year: 2008
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Gender, women’s rights, and higher education are rendered in exacting detail in this absorbing history of the founding and growth of Alfred University, the first coeducational university to be established in New York State and one of the first in the nation. Its author, Susan Strong, reference librarian at Alfred, has drawn on rich archival materials and historical sources to weave together in one text, an account of rural farm life and religious faith, the early history of coeducation, and the advent of the struggle for women’s rights. In the process, she heightens understanding of the importance of antebellum academies in offering women educational opportunities at a time when the prevailing separate spheres ideology denied them access to male-only private academies and colleges. She also draws attention to the dedication and sacrifices of early educational leaders and feminists whose “paradoxical entanglement of faith, values, and purpose” motivated their zealous efforts... (preview truncated at 150 words.)

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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: December 09, 2008
https://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15466, Date Accessed: 7/5/2020 7:14:17 AM

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  • Judith Glazer-Raymo
    Teachers College, Columbia University
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    JUDITH GLAZER-RAYMO is lecturer and fellow of the Higher and Postsecondary Education Program at Teachers College, Columbia University and professor of education emerita from Long Island University. She is the author of Shattering the Myths: Women in Academe (1999, 2001), Professionalizing Graduate Education: The Masterís Degree in the Marketplace (2005), and other books and articles on gender equality and on graduate and professional education.
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