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Searching for Scientific Womanpower: Technocratic Feminism and the Politics of National Security, 1940-1980 - Gender and American Culture (Paperback)
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Searching for Scientific Womanpower: Technocratic Feminism and the Politics of National Security, 1940-1980 - Gender and American Culture (Paperback)

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Paperback 278 Pages / Published: 02/06/2014
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This compelling history of what Laura Micheletti Puaca terms ""technocratic feminism"" traces contemporary feminist interest in science to the World War II and early Cold War years. During a period when anxiety about America's supply of scientific personnel ran high and when open support for women's rights generated suspicion, feminist reformers routinely invoked national security rhetoric and scientific ""manpower"" concerns in their efforts to advance women's education and employment. Despite the limitations of this strategy, it laid the groundwork for later feminist reforms in both science and society. The past and present manifestations of technocratic feminism also offer new evidence of what has become increasingly recognised as a ""long women's rights movement.""

Drawing on an impressive array of archival collections and primary sources, Puaca brings to light the untold story of an important but largely overlooked strand of feminist activism. This book reveals much about the history of American feminism, the politics of national security, and the complicated relationship between the two.

Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press
ISBN: 9781469610818
Number of pages: 278
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 235 x 156 x 20 mm
Edition: New edition


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Ably sketches the broad historical outlines of the decades in question, providing color with anecdotes from women scientists and engineers that readers will find variously touching, humorous, and distressing. . . . Despite being history, Searching for Scientific Womanpower could not be more timely and relevant.--Studies in Intelligence


An important contribution to the history of women and science in the mid-twentieth century.--The Journal of American History


Aims to incorporate wartime and cold war conversations about women in science within the more family activism of the 1960s and '70s.--Women's Review of Books


Stands as a telling testimony that much is left to be done in achieving full equity between women and men in science and engineering. . . . Deserves a wide readership.--Isis Journal

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