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By Lilli S. Hornig (auth.), Lilli S. Hornig (eds.)

Thirteen years in the past, in June 1988, the Radcliffe Classof1953 celebrated its thirty fifth Reunion. Amidst the festivities, we who participated many times requested ourselves an analogous questions: Is Harvard as sexist because it used to be after we have been undergraduates? If now not, what's the prestige ofwomen at Harvard at the present time? to discover the solutions we shaped an advert hoc committee and charged the participants to report to the category in 5 years. The committee interviewed chosen senior and junior Harvard school, Harvard and Radcliffe directors, scholars, and alumni/ae. We pointed out and studied Harvard and Radcliffe reviews on their institu­ tions and on their pupil enterprises. We contributed to and took part in a 1990 Radcliffe concentration crew, "ASurveyofAlumnae and Undergraduate Perceptions. " We chanced on that the collage was once now not as sexist in 1988 because it have been in 1953. but the prestige ofwomen, although better, remained particularly unequal to thatofmen. (Radcliffe university used to be organizationally break free Harvard collage until eventually 1977, while a "non-merger merger" used to be carried out. although, Radcliffe had no fac­ ulty of its personal and hired Harvard college to educate its scholars, in strictly separate sessions until eventually global battle II. The merger attempt was once com­ pleted in 1999 with the entire integration ofthe associations and the formation ofthe Radcliffe Institute for complex examine, a "tub by itself backside" like different Harvard graduate faculties. ) In 1993 the category of'53 voted unanimously to shape the devote­ tee for the EqualityofWomen at Harvard (CEWH).

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Two recent experiences have exacerbated my anxiety. In Spring, 1998, the Library ofAmerica published two volumes ofthe writings of Gertrude Stein that I co-edited. The interest in Stein is due in part to the work of feminist critics and women's studies. In order to publicize the volumes, I accepted an invitation from Compuserve to participate in chat about Gertrude Stein on its Literary Page for a couple of months. There were fewer entries on the Gertrude Stein message board than my ego would have preferred, but the wounding of my ego is not the source of my mental perturbations.

However, the research university can offer a mall of data, ideas and voices instead of things. Some may fear that this will lead to a hubbub, a confusion, but if the task of the research university is knowledge, then its faculty and students can spin significant patterns from these ideas and voices. As it does so, like Edwin Powell Hubble (1889-53) providing observational evidence that supports a theory of the expanding universe, the research university will then find evidence to support a theory that the universe of knowledge must expand.

Table 2). 5 percent ofinstructors, the total faculty of 469 had 19 women, or 4 percent. The departments of chemistry, political science, and sociology had no women at any rank. 5 percent of full professors. The authors pointed out that these proportions exaggerate the representation of women overall because only four departments (Nursing, Dance, Public Health, and Physical Education) accounted for one-third of all women faculty. They further investigated the historical record at UCLA, finding that in 1940-41 women had been 12 percent of the regular faculty.

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