By Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz
Alma Mater: layout and adventure within the Women's schools from Their Nineteenth-Century Beginnings to the Nineteen Thirties ASIN: 0870238698
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But in most cases coeducation remains an elusive ideal. In addition, as they prepare to confront a society marked by inequities, women can gain a great deal of what they need for their futures by the special opportunities that women's colleges afford. Yet more than education is at stake. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, women gathered in separate organizations that gave them a power base for social, economic, and political action. Women's clubs, women's professional organizations, reform groups, settlement houses, and women's colleges coexisted.
To use language borrowed from sociology, the Seven Sister colleges formed each other's reference group. At the point at which I recognized this, I realized that I had a subject. In addition, as I have studied other colleges for women, I have been struck by an important distinction. From the outset, each of the seven women's colleges began with a vision. None of these schools developed in a pragmatic, ad Page xxiii hoc way. In each case, founders shaped their creations with a critical level of conscious intention and design.
Knopf, 1985 University of Massachusetts Press paperback edition, 1993 All rights reserved Printed in the United States of America Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Horowitz, Helen Lefkowitz. 2nd ed. p. cm. Includes bibliographical references and index. ISBN 0-87023-869-8 1. Women's collegesUnited StatesHistory. I. Title. 8' 0973-dc2093-4393 CIP British Library Cataloguing in Publication data are available. Page v TO Leona and David Lefkowitz, Jr. AND Miriam and William Horowitz Page vii CONTENTS Introduction to the Second Edition xv Preface xxi Acknowledgments xxvii Part One Foundings 1 1 Plain, Though Very Neat Mount Holyoke 9 2 More Lasting Than the Pyramids Vassar 28 3 That Beauty Which Is Truth Wellesley 42 4 Acting a Manly Part The Beginnings of College Life 56 5 To Preserve Her Womanliness Smith 69 6 The Advantages of the So-called "Cottage System" Wellesley, Vassar 82 7 As Unnoticed as the Daughters of Any Cambridge Residents Radcliffe 95 8 A Certain Style of "Quaker Lady" Dress Bryn Mawr 105 Page viii 9 Behold They Are Women!