A New National Defense: Feminism, Education, and the Quest for

A New National Defense: Feminism, Education, and the Quest for "scientific Brainpower," 1940--1965

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Focusing on the Second World War and early Cold War Era, this study uncovers how female activists promoted women's scientific participation as a shared solution to national security concerns. By appropriating the language and the cause of national defense, they presented powerful, sophisticated, and surprisingly familiar critiques of the pervasive cultural attitudes and discriminatory practices that discouraged women's scientific interests and aspirations. Although these activists lacked the analytical tools to comprehend the deep-rootedness of women's scientific subordination, they still conceived of it as the product of social forces. They realized fully that women's exclusion stemmed from a series of cultural attitudes and deliberate choices regarding who could qdoq science and who could not. But, in the context of the Second World War and early Cold War years when qscientific brainpowerq was supposedly at a premium, they argued that this artificial and inaccurate distinction, along with all of its ramifications, was ultimately wasteful and unpatriotic.CHAPTER 1 An Overview of the Early History of Women in Science Womena#39;s participation in the sciences and related fields, of course, predated the Second World War, as did female scientistsa#39; efforts to improve their status. In her study ofanbsp;...


Title:A New National Defense: Feminism, Education, and the Quest for "scientific Brainpower," 1940--1965
Author: Laura Micheletti Puaca
Publisher:ProQuest - 2007
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