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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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Names: Morice, Linda C., author. Title: Coordinate colleges for American women: a convergence of interests, 1947–78 / Linda C. Morice Description: New York: Peter Lang, 2019. Series: History of schools and schooling; v. 63 | ISSN 1089-0678 Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2018031631 | ISBN 978-1-4331-5869-8 (hardback: alk. paper) ISBN 978-1-4331-5870-4 (paperback: alk. paper) ISBN 978-1-4331-5871-1 (ebook pdf) ISBN 978-1-4331-5872-8 (epub) | ISBN 978-1-4331-5873-5 (mobi) Subjects: LCSH: Women—Education (Higher)—United States—History— 20th century. | Women’s colleges—United States—History—20th century. Classification: LCC LC1568.M67 | DDC 378.0082—dc23 LC record available at DOI 10.3726/b14328

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