Women Educators, Leaders and Activists: Educational Lives by Tanya Fitzgerald, Elizabeth M. Smyth

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By Tanya Fitzgerald, Elizabeth M. Smyth

This assortment lines girls educators' expert lives and the level to which they challenged the gendered terrain they occupied. The emphasis is put on women's ancient public voices and their very own interpretation in their 'selves' and 'lives' of their fight to workout authority in schooling.

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26 Likewise, in New Zealand, Studholme House drew on traditions from women’s colleges in England and the United States. It was a space in which women lived with their peers and colleagues. In this environment, students co-existed with their classmates and single women staff. Study, work and home life were intertwined. 27 It was a world in which women made the decisions, interacted with each other and established their own routines. Women could exercise a level of autonomy, share their concerns and experiences and publicly value and reinforce each other’s work and achievements.

Women students who labored in the hostel’s kitchens and drawing rooms were offered a reduced boarding allowance. In similar ways to Streatham Hill High School, the domestic/public 24 Women Home Scientists: Networks of Influence and personal/public overlapped at Studholme House (see Chapter 6). As a private space and ‘home’ for women staff and students, Studholme House entangled notions of domesticity and belonging. It was a space in which women learned how to manage a household and perform domestic tasks.

36 Women Home Scientists: Networks of Influence 2. These dates relate to their tenure as Professor and Dean. 3. Tanya Fitzgerald, ‘An Absent Presence: Women Professors at the University of New Zealand, 1911–1961’, Journal of Educational Administration and History 39, 3 (2007): 239–53. 4. Julia Bush, ‘Special Strengths for Their Own Special Duties: Women, Higher Education and Gender Conservatism in Late Victorian Britain’, History of Education 34, 4 (2002): 387–405. 5. Winifred hyphenated her surname when she arrived in New Zealand.

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