Women at Indiana University
150 Years of Experiences and Contributions
Published by: Indiana University Press
The first in-depth look at how women have shaped the history and legacy of Indiana University.
Women first enrolled at Indiana University in 1867. In the following years they would leave an indelible mark on this Hoosier institution. However, until now their stories have been underappreciated, both on the IU campus and by historians, who have paid them little attention.
Women at Indiana University draws together 15 snapshots of IU women's experiences and contributions to explore essential questions about their lives and impact. What did it mean to write the petition for women's admission or to become the first woman student at an all-male university? To be a woman of color on a predominantly white campus? To balance work, studies, and commuting, entering college as a non-traditional student? How did women contribute to their academic fields and departments? How did they tap opportunities, confront barriers, and forge networks of support to achieve their goals?
Women at Indiana University not only opens the door to a more inclusive and accurate understanding of IU's past and future, but also offers greater visibility for Hoosier women in our larger understanding of women in American higher education.
Part One: Students
1. From Whether and How to Co-Educate Women to Educating All Students Equitably at Indiana University, by Andrea Walton
2. Makings of Morrison: The Legend and Legacy of Indiana University's First Female Student, by Tanner N. Terrell
3. Pioneering Students of Color: Carrie Parker and Frances Marshall, by Dina Kellams
4. Early Scientific Women of Indiana University and Their Impact, by Sarah J. Reynolds
5. Resilient Beauty: Nancy Streets, 1959 Miss Indiana University, by Angel Cassandra Nathan
6. "Little Steps of Courage Forward": How Asian American Women Leaders Fought for Culturally Supportive Spaces at Indiana University Bloomington, by Stephanie T.X. Nguyen
7. The History of the First Latina Sorority at IU Established During an Era of Student Activism, by Ebelia Hernández and Merylou Rodriguez
8. Learning Human Anatomy: Women and the Changing Student Body at the Indiana University School of Medicine, 1907-2007, by Angela Bowen Potter
9. Moving On Together: Women Students during the Early Years of IUPUI, by Nancy Van Note Chism, Mary Giorgio, and Kathleen Surina Grove
Part Two: Faculty, Administrative Staff, and Supporters
10. "The Sharp Sword of the New Alliance": Edna Henry and The IU School of Social Work, by Katherine Badertscher
11. Kate Hevner Mueller: Women's Influence and Marginalization at Indiana University, by Kelly C. Sartorius
12. Martha E. Dawson: Forty Years of Leadership in Multicultural Education and Teaching for Understanding and Excellence, by Andrea Walton
13. Elinor Ostrom: On Interdisciplinary Living, 1933-2012, by Sara Clark
14. "We Changed Minds": A History of the Women's Studies Program at IUPUI, by Catherine A. Dobris, Rachel Jean Turner, and Lorée B. Wilcox
15. Building the "Opera Factory": Elsie Irwin Sweeney's Philanthropic Leadership in Funding the Indiana University Music Arts Center, by Jacob Hardesty
16. Making the Invisible Visible: Women and Philanthropy at Indiana University, by Laurie Burns McRobbie
"Andrea Walton's comprehensive anthology orchestrates the diverse perspectives and research skills of numerous scholars, each of whom has a close, distinctive affiliation with Indiana University. The impressive result is a procession of profiles ranging from pioneers to professors, alumni and associates, who now are appropriately recognized as part of a sesquicentennial celebration of women as central characters in the saga of Indiana University. The timing of this work is worth the wait as it provides critical analysis of the flourishing of women as full citizens in all areas of campus mission and life."~John R. Thelin, University of Kentucky, author of A History of American Higher Education
"Women at Indiana University demonstrates how broad historical insights can be gained from the study of individual lives. Spanning a period of 150 years, this essay collection focuses on particular female students, faculty, administrators, and supporters who experienced the campus amid a rapidly changing world. The book is a 'must read' for historians of U. S. higher education."~Linda C. Morice, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, author of Coordinate Colleges for American Women: A Convergence of Interest
"Andrea Walton has collected an excellent array of essays on the history of women at Indiana University. Illuminating the importance of region and locale in the shaping of women's experiences, this volume speaks of women's lives as students, faculty, staff, and philanthropists across time and across differences of race, ethnicity, and social class. These accessible essays document the ways that women have shaped a major institution, and together they model a new vision of institutional histories."~Margaret Nash, University of California, Riverside
"Women at Indiana University edited by Andrea Walton is an important and much-needed study of the history of women students, faculty, and administrators at a major mid-western University. This study includes insightful chapters on the earliest women students at Indiana University and includes chapters on African American women students and faculty, Latinas, Asian women throughout this 150-year history. This volume moves us away from the focus of women higher education of the east coast and provides greater insight into the education of women of diverse backgrounds in the heartland of the nation."~Linda M. Perkins, Claremont Graduate University
"This collection focused on women's education at Indiana University is a compelling and valuable contribution to scholarship in women's educational history and biography. Authors explore the contours of women's experiences, challenges and triumphs at IU across a span of 150 years. Rich in contextual detail, chapters animate diverse students, faculty, staff, and supporters who pushed boundaries, provided resources, and fostered spaces to enable women's educational access and accomplishments with continuing resonance for IU today. Authors underscore the importance of locale to exploring educational history while also connecting to gendered patterns nationally, making the collection generative for a range of readers and purposes beyond its grounding context."~Lucy E. Bailey, Oklahoma State University