By Constance B. Schulz, Elizabeth Hayes Turner

ISBN-10: 0826215416

ISBN-13: 9780826215413

It isn't any coincidence that the Southern organization for girls Historians enjoys the founding date of 1970. After prolonged and sometimes sour engagement with entrenched sexism within the many years following international warfare II, ladies historians chanced on their voices and crafted a method through which to be heard. The years among 1970 and 1980 represented a decade of optimism for girls who sought equality within the office. expert girls, professors of historical past such a lot specially, discovered wish in agencies comparable to the SAWH, created to handle problems with visibility, legitimacy, and equality in old institutions and in employment.

In Clio’s Southern Sisters, Constance B. Schulz and Elizabeth Hayes Turner acquire the tales of the ladies who helped to came upon and lead the association in the course of its first two decades. those ladies supply facts, in robust and potent language, of the studies that formed their entrée into the occupation. They vividly describe the purpose at which they skilled the shift of their lives and within the lives of these round them that led towards a brand new day for ladies within the historical past profession.

Some discovered that discrimination them like a shadow, and the discomfort of these days nonetheless continues to be with them. Others sought their graduate schooling in associations the place girls have been welcomed and the place professors valued their paintings and inspired their good fortune. but after they entered the task industry, they discovered that a few employers flatly refused to contemplate them simply because they have been girls. misplaced task possibilities for ladies have been associated in tangled how one can the existing snapshot of ladies as much less fascinating as colleagues, or as intellectually weaker than their male counterparts.

Through the SAWH, those girls have been in a position to make alterations from in the career. They felt a duty to aid the following iteration of ladies students. in the course of a countrywide move to finish intercourse discrimination via laws, to extend women’s consciousness-raising efforts, and to recognize the commercial realities of ladies within the team, those girls got here jointly to shape a firm that can allow them to have the careers they deserved. This well timed quantity could be liked through all those that reaped the advantages for which those “southern sisters” fought so hard.

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Like their predecessors, whose thoughts are reflected in the interviews in the remainder of this book, the younger generation sees a continued need for the SAWH as a separate women’s organization even as southern women historians achieve leadership roles in and are recognized for their scholarly distinction by major national organizations like the OAH, the AHA, and the SHA. The presidential leadership after 1995 of women like Catherine Clinton, who put enormous energy into promoting and expanding the publication efforts of the SAWH, or of Marjorie Spruill Wheeler, Drew Faust, and Jacqueline Rouse in expanding the role of graduate students, in cementing relations with the SHA, and expanding the presence of African American women in the organization, have all helped to ensure that the SAWH will continue to thrive as an organization of and for southern women historians, promoting the study of southern women’s history.

One of the first ones I submitted was some of my dissertation. I was told, “We think an article of this type is . . ” I finally did get it published in the Georgia Historical Quarterly. ” In time, a few more women were entering the profession, and some women friends said, well, “I wouldn’t want to be identified with a subject about women. ” They just thought I put myself at a disadvantage. P. : To some degree were they right? E. : Yes, they were right. I don’t know if I’d have done any better, but they were right.

Both became important mentors for later generations of young women scholars. Of different scholarly generations themselves, the two women took different approaches to the ways in which the study of women in the South should be incorporated into the “canon” of historical scholarship and divergent pathways to success in the historical profession. The two women differed too in their personal circumstances, reflecting the variety of choices and experiences which still affect the lives of professional women.

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