Higher education for women students and women academics was besieged with structural inequalities. From its inception, the University of New Zealand (1871-1961) drew on the patriarchal traditions of the British universities that linked the Academy with men's scholarly and professional worlds. The establishment of a Department of Home Science offered the university the possibility of proclaiming that 'no distinction of sex' existed in terms of entry and access by scholarly women to this elite institution. In this 'academic kitchen', scholarly women who exemplified appropriate feminine behaviour taught Nutrition, Clothing and Home Management; subjects that were deeply connected with women's domain. This article offers a (re)interpretation of the educational activities of the first generation of women professors and highlights the extent to which these scholarly women actively worked to create a community of intellectual women, thereby subverting institutional intentions for the 'appropriate' higher education of women.
|Number of pages||13|
|Journal||New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies|
|Publication status||Published - 1 Dec 2007|