Claiming their intellectual spaces: academic women at the University of New Zealand 1909-1941

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The focus of this article is the first cohort of academicwomenwho carved out
an intellectual space for themselves in the Department of Home Science at
the University of New Zealand. I begin with an overview of emerging
appointment patterns of academic women against a backdrop of contemporary
concerns about the higher education of women. I then turn my
attention to ways in which women home scientists sought to define and
develop their disciplinary expertise and professional knowledge. I trace the
career trajectories of thefirst threewomenprofessorsandhighlight the extent
to which these women worked to define their own intellectual boundaries,
establishthemselves as experts in a feminised scientificfieldwhile at the same
time working within a gendered domain. I move beyond thinking about the
factors and forces that inextricably linked womenwith domestic space of the
home, and invite consideration of women’s work as scientists of the home,
consumer educators, and experts in new fields of research.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPaedagogica Historica: international journal of the history of education
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 23 Oct 2019

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