Clio's Southern Sisters: Interviews with Leaders of the by Constance B. Schulz, Elizabeth Hayes Turner

By Constance B. Schulz, Elizabeth Hayes Turner

It isn't any twist of fate that the Southern organization for ladies Historians enjoys the founding date of 1970. After prolonged and sometimes sour engagement with entrenched sexism within the many years following international conflict II, girls historians chanced on their voices and crafted a way in which to be heard. The years among 1970 and 1980 represented a decade of optimism for ladies who sought equality within the place of work. specialist ladies, professors of heritage so much in particular, chanced on desire in corporations akin to the SAWH, created to deal with problems with visibility, legitimacy, and equality in ancient 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 stumbled on and lead the association in the course of its first two decades. those girls provide facts, in powerful and potent language, of the reviews 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 girls within the background profession.

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

Through the SAWH, those girls have been capable of make alterations from in the career. They felt a duty to aid the subsequent new release of girls students. in the course of a countrywide flow to finish intercourse discrimination via laws, to extend women’s consciousness-raising efforts, and to recognize the commercial realities of girls within the group, those ladies got here jointly to shape a firm which may let them to have the careers they deserved. This well timed quantity can be preferred by way of all those that reaped the advantages for which those “southern sisters” fought so hard.

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I had five pregnancies in that period. C. : Were you writing as you were doing this? A. : Off and on—mostly off, until we went to Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire. Hanover was such a cold place, there’s nothing to do but sit in the house and write. And it was such a male-dominated society too. They didn’t stop me from going to the library, but they didn’t invite me to a lot of things. I’d been in Washington; I was wheeling and dealing. I came off of having tea with Walter Lippmann to being told that this is a stag party.

For a long time, I was the only woman on the Executive Council. They didn’t have a quota; it just seemed to fall into that pattern. That’s kind of the way it was, but then times changed and we got the Committee on Women in the SHA. So I, and Mollie Davis, and LaWanda Cox were the first ones. But we pointed out some things, and one of them was that there was a need for more than one woman on the SHA council, and that was sort of a breakthrough. After that we had lots of women on the council, but one at a time, you know.

K. Boyd Professor of History Emerita of Duke University. D. in American History from Radcliffe College in 1958. Earlier she had worked as a research associate, congressional representative, and editor of the National Voter for the League of Women Voters. She is the author of three books, The Southern Lady: From Pedestal to Politics, 1830–1930 (1970), Making the Invisible Woman Visible (1984), and Natural Allies: Women’s Associations in American History (1991). She is coauthor or editor of six books and has published over thirty articles and chapters in anthologies.

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