Historical portraits of women home scientists: The University of New Zealand 1911-1947

T. Fitzgerald, Jenny Collins

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This book offers an historical portrait of the first generations of women home scientists at the University of New Zealand in the early decades of the twentieth century. It adopts the tools of biographical research to interrogate their professional lives in a new colonial university. With a specific focus on Home Science, this book contests contemporary views that a university education would produce glorified housekeepers. Previous scholarship has not fully considered how Home Science expanded the range of professional, academic and career options for educated women.

Drawing extensively on archival material from New Zealand, the United States, and England, this book examines how women worked with, around, and against gender stereotypes to establish themselves as professional scholars in the field of Home Science.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherCambria Press
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Externally publishedYes


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