M.A., Educational Foundations, California State University, 2011.
B.A., History and English, Rutgers University
20th Century United States/American History, Federal Education Policy, Women
Advisor: Professor Stephen R. Ortiz
I am a Ph.D. candidate in 20th Century United States History, Federal Education Policy History, and Women's History. My research focuses on the role of policymaking in the development of equal opportunities, the relationship between women's and civil rights, and the use of education as a vehicle for gender equality.
My dissertation, "Negative Dowry" to Equal Opportunity: Women's Higher Education, Federal Policy, and the Development of Gender Equality, 1945-1972, explores how equal opportunities for women in higher education, an improbable concept in the 1950s, became a reality in the 1970s with the passage of Title IX of the 1972 Education Amendments. Through the examination of women's advocacy strategies and federal policymaking, I argue that federal education policy was a central, causal factor in the narrative of women's equality, as well as a core strategy to achieve economic and political equality. A small cadre of activists used federal education policy as a legal framework to eradicate gender discrimination in all areas of education and viewed education in general as a vehicle for gender equality. My dissertation focuses on the development of gender equality in higher education through federal policy rather than on the effects of the implementation of Title IX.
"Negative Dowry" to Equal Opportunity: Women's Higher Education, Federal Policy, and the Development of Gender Equality, 1945-1972