The History of Women at the University of Wisconsin

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The History of Women at the University of Wisconsin augments the general histories of the University by focusing on the roles and activities of women students, faculty, and staff and on the development of women’s studies throughout the System.

The initial collection consists of seven works published by the University. Four are part of a series of essays entitled University Women. The parts are They Came to Learn, They Came to Teach, They Came to StayWisconsin Women, Graduate School, and the Professions; and Women Emerge in the Seventies, all edited by Marian J. Swoboda, and Audrey J. Roberts in 1980; and Women on Campus in the Eighties: Old Struggles, New Victories, edited by Marian J. Swoboda, Audrey J. Roberts, and Jennifer Hirsch in 1993. Transforming Women’s Education: The History of Women’s Studies in the University of Wisconsin System, a collaborative project of and by the University of Wisconsin System Women’s Studies Consortium (1999), presents the history in a topical/chronological arrangement, with chapters of the early history of women at the University of Wisconsin, the work of UW-Extension, the beginnings of women’s studies, and the work of the Systemwide Women’s Studies Consortium. Flickering Clusters: Women, Science, and Collaborative Transformations, edited by Cheryl Ney, Jacqueline Ross, and Laura Stempel (2001), describes the lessons learned from a curriculum reform and faculty development project devised by the Women’s Studies Consortium and funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation. Women at Stout: A Centennial Retrospective, by Beatrice A. Bigony (1991), highlights the history of women on the Stout campus. We expect to add other material to this collection and welcome suggestions.

A short video, Women in Science, which offers historical documentation of women’s studies teaching (and library resources) at UW-Madison from when it was made in 1984, is also available.