By Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz
Alma Mater: layout and adventure within the Women's faculties from Their Nineteenth-Century Beginnings to the Nineteen Thirties ASIN: 0870238698
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Hines, Dolores Hayden, J. B. Jackson, Pauly Stein, and Margaret Whitehead for intellectual stimulation, encouragement, and good conversation. D. thesis that I sketched an outline for this book. I am thankful to her for preferring the WPA in California to women's colleges. College archives proved to have not only excellent collections but also splendid archivists. I gratefully acknowledge the rich repositories at Mount Holyoke, Vassar, Wellesley, Smith, Radcliffe, Bryn Mawr, Barnard, Sarah Lawrence, Bennington, and Scripps.
Are there reasons why women should choose to go to a college that limits its students, though not its faculty or administrators, to women? If one turns to history, a case can be made. 1 To argue from history is one thing. To think about the present is another. Until recently only 3 per cent of female high school seniors have been willing to consider a women's college. One might ask, why have even so many? All but a few previously all-male private colleges are now coeducational, as are almost all state institutions.
How have the ways that men have thought about women and women about themselves been expressed in buildings? In what ways did the higher education of women seem to threaten patriarchal culture? How have buildings been designed to protect young women from risks, and how have they exposed them to new ones? What has been the dynamic of college life as lived in women's colleges? How have relationships and ritual reshaped the land and its meanings? What happened when new definitions of women and their sexuality entered the college scene?