Book proposal: Women in Higher Education: A Compilation of Feminist Historiographies

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Book proposal: Women in Higher Education: A Compilation of Feminist Historiographies

We are pleased to invite chapters for an upcoming book proposal entitled, Women in Higher Education: A Compilation of Feminist Historiographies. The focus of the book will be on women who have significantly influenced higher education in the United States during the mid-19th to mid-20th centuries.

Nineteenth century women academics faced numerous tensions in their pursuit of higher education. Their persistence was scoffed at by contemporaries. Women of this time period influenced gender equity, however their contributions to the field of higher education have remained largely unrecognized. Their journeys and leadership strategies may be relevant to women seeking and securing educational roles.

The absence of women leaders in higher education has been noted by various scholars. An analysis of their leadership skills is needed within the current academic landscape. As female graduate students continue to enter into the field of higher education in increasing numbers, there is an urgency to revisit the experiences and contributions of female academics to avoid continuation of the grand narrative. Their lived experiences and educational contributions provide foundations and principles which can influence future women leaders in higher education. By bringing these women to the forefront, there is a possibility of diversifying and advancing the field of leadership in higher education.

Examining women’s contributions to the field of higher education is ethical and responsible and works toward affirming how past female leaders and the strategies they employed can inform current practices of leaders in higher education.

We recognize that there remain countless untold stories of their work that have remained unnoticed or disregarded. We welcome feminist historiographies highlighting women from a wide range of national, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds to share the legacies of these female educational pioneers. If accepted, the final book chapters must document the subject’s relevant biography, her contribution to higher education and demonstrate an in-depth intersectionality of narratives between author and historical female figure.

This work is being advanced by doctoral students in a class on Women in Higher Education at the University of Hartford. We particularly invite graduate students to participate in this project. We have written feminist historiographies on five women who had a positive impact on the field of higher education prior to the 1950s. The five women are: Annie Howes Barus, Harriette J. Cooke, Alice Hamilton, Frances Willard and Sara Josephine Baker.


Submission Details:

Please send a two-page PDF summary of your proposed book chapter of a feminist historiography that includes the details outlined above. Please also denote a chapter title and include the affiliation(s) and degree(s) of the author(s).

After notification of acceptance of summaries, final book chapter submissions should be approximately 10 pages (double-spaced). Final book chapters must adhere to the guidelines within the 7th edition of the APA Publication Manual.


The timeline is as follows:

  • Submission deadline for summaries: August 14, 2020
  • Notification of acceptance of summaries: September 30, 2020
  • Submission deadline for full book chapters: January 8, 2020
  • Final submission of revised book chapters: March 1, 2021
  • Proposed Publication Date: Fall 2022

Proposals and submissions should be emailed to the Main Editor: Karen Case at


Contact Info:

Karen Case, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Administration and Supervision
University of Hartford, Department of Education
200 Bloomfield Avenue, Auerbach 223C
West Hartford, CT 06117
Phone: (860) 508-4397