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Coordinate Colleges for American Women

A Convergence of Interests, 1947-78


Linda C. Morice

Coordinate Colleges for American Women: A Convergence of Interests, 1947–78 explores the history of the coordinate college—a separate school of higher learning for women connected to an older, all-male institution. This book places special emphasis on three (previously all-male) liberal arts colleges located in the Midwest and upstate New York. They established women’s coordinate colleges in the years following World War II, but ended them by 1980, becoming fully coeducational. The author draws on new primary sources to show that, in each case, a coordinate college was created to meet the converging interests of the founding institution—not to improve the education of women. The work is set in the context of four major social movements during the mid-to-late twentieth century involving civil rights, student rights, antiwar protest, and women’s liberation.

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Linda C. Morice is Professor Emerita of Educational Leadership at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Her research focuses on educational history, women’s history, and educational biography. She is the author of Flora White: In the Vanguard of Gender Equity (2017) and is co-editor, with Laurel Puchner, of Life Stories: Exploring Issues in Educational History through Biography (2014). Morice has also published articles in a number of academic journals including (among others) Gender and Education, History of Education, History of Education Review, and Educational Studies.

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