Careers in Education for the New Woman

education for the new woman

Careers in Education for the New Woman
Skagen
1977

Whenever I see titles that tout advice for the “new” woman, I am immediately concerned. It was a phrase thrown around in the 1970s that alluded to career oriented women also known as a “liberated” woman. (I should further limit this definition to privileged, educated white women.)

For the most part, this book outlines educational oriented careers, including librarianship. It gives a brief overview and peppers the rest of the book with personal narratives. Yes, this book was still in circulation and I have a particular pet peeve regarding career materials. Just remember that all those new women are now old women.

Mary

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3 comments

  1. So, when the user finds a book, decides to take it home, and doesn’t come across the circulation librarian, does that mean they stole it before the days of RFID or gave up and left it behind?

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  2. The concept of the New Woman goes back much further than the 1970s. It was in common use through the 20s and 30s, and you’ll actually find a reference to it in Bram Stoker’s Dracula (published 1897). It always seems to mean the same thing: women who are taking control over their lives rather than allowing men to run them. Someone really should do a dissertation on the “new woman.”

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