Women Educators, Leaders and Activists: Educational Lives by Tanya Fitzgerald, Elizabeth M. Smyth

By Tanya Fitzgerald, Elizabeth M. Smyth

This assortment lines girls educators' specialist lives and the level to which they challenged the gendered terrain they occupied. The emphasis is put on women's old public voices and their very own interpretation in their 'selves' and 'lives' of their fight to workout authority in schooling.

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Although their biographies may be read as one of professional accomplishment, neither woman worked outside of the feminized environment of Home Science. 69 Ann Strong’s personal life, professional career and networks all suggest the importance of mentorship, relationships and leadership in the field of Home Science. Strong used her connections across a number of US institutions to advance the careers of graduates and to seek a higher status for their professional work by fostering relationships with influential organizations such as the Carnegie and Rockefeller Foundations.

29. Boys-Smith attended Girton from 1891 to 1895. As women were not granted degrees at that time she merely received a certificate. In 1906 she was awarded a Frances Mary Buss Memorial Travelling Scholarship to study in the United States. 30. Winifred Boys-Smith to John Studholme, 27 December 1910, University of Otago: Records of Registry and Central Administration, Papers of John Studholme, AG–180–73/026, Hocken Collection, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand (hereafter DU). 31. Girton College Register 1869–1946 (Cambridge: Girton College, 1948); Girton College Admission Register, Girton College, University of Cambridge (hereafter GCAC).

As the first New Zealand born woman professor at the University of New Zealand, Elizabeth Gregory actively mentored women staff, encouraged graduates to seek positions in universities mainly in England and the United States and advocated for Home Science as a serious academic subject. Elizabeth was a foundation member of the Nutrition Committee of the Medical Research Council of New Zealand (1937) and served on the consultative committee that reviewed the post-primary (secondary) 32 Women Home Scientists: Networks of Influence curriculum (1942).

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