We are requesting proposals for a co-edited book about women’s clubs, organizations, and associations and their significant contributions to educational institutions from 1890 to 1960. These groups may be national, regional, state, or local in membership. We conceive of “education” broadly to include colleges and universities, public and private grade and high schools, nurseries, reform and industrial schools, schools for children with special needs, and community institutions such as social settlements, clubs, libraries, PTAs, churches, and YWCAs.
Women’s contributions may be that of advocacy, i.e., promoting legislation, the establishment of educational institutions or educational reform; fundraising, i.e., for scholarships, endowments, building campaigns, academic or social programs; creating collaborations between and among various groups and/or institutions, i.e., child study clubs and colleges/universities, suffrage leagues and college chapters, settlement houses and programs for immigrant women, mothers’ clubs and kindergartens; staffing and volunteering for community organizations, i.e., women’s clubs and libraries; or other activities in which women’s contributions were central to particular educational enterprises. We especially encourage proposals that examine how race, ethnicity, social class, and gender influenced women’s groups and their educational endeavors, contributions, and outcomes.
In addition to local clubs, societies, and other such associations, we are interested in contributions that examine the following organizations: American Home Economics Association; Association of Collegiate Alumnae; Catholic sisterhoods; Chicago Teachers’ Federation; Child Study Association of America; Daughters of the American Revolution; General Federation of Women’s Clubs (various clubs or General); National Council of Jewish Women; kindergarten and mothers’ clubs; Bryn Mawr Summer School for Women Workers; female colleges’ alumnae associations; League of Women Voters; National American Woman Suffrage Association; National Association for Deans of Women; National Association of College Women; National Association of Colored Women’s Clubs; National College Equal Suffrage League; National Congress of Mothers (PTAs); nursery schools; social settlements; immigrant women’s organizations ; YWCA; Women’s Educational and Industrial Union; Woman’s Christian Temperance Union; Southern Association of Collegiate Women; women’s auxiliaries to men’s organizations, e.g., the Eastern Star, Woman’s Auxiliary of the National Baptist Convention.
Please submit a 500-word proposal, with a selected bibliography (including archival sources), and an abbreviated vitae (no more than 5 pp.) to Anne Meis Knupfer and Christine Woyshner (e-mail addresses provided below) by May 31, 2005. Anne Meis Knupfer is professor in Educational Studies at Purdue where she teaches history of education courses. Her book publications include Toward A Tender Humanity and A Nobler Womanhood: African American Women’s Clubs in Turn-of-the-Century Chicago (1996), Reform and Resistance: Gender, Delinquency, and America’s First Juvenile Court (2001), and The Chicago Black Renaissance and Women’s Activism: In Defense of Culture (in press). Christine Woyshner is assistant professor of education at Temple University. Her research interests include women’s school voluntarism in the early twentieth century and gender in the school curriculum. Her books include Minding Women: Reshaping the Educational Realm (1998) co-edited with Holly Gelfond and Social Education in the Twentieth Century: Curriculum and Context for Citizenship (2004), co-edited with Joseph Watras and Margaret Smith Crocco.
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