Beyond Separate Spheres

Intellectual Roots of Modern Feminism

Rosalind Rosenberg

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September 10, 1983
290 pages, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
ISBN: 9780300030921
Paper

"With superb insight and erudition Rosenberg discerns the connections between social science and feminism which replaced the ideal of ‘true womanhood’ with ‘the new woman’ at the turn of the 20th century. Besides brilliantly illuminating the personalities and ideas which led from one intellectual era to another, the book contributes groundbreaking research to the question of feminism’s fate in the 1920s."-- Nancy F. Cott
"Weaving anecdote and analysis, Rosenberg shows how the women’s experiences in academic and institutional settings influenced the direction and content of their theoretical work."-- Kathryn Kish Sklar, The Wilson Quarterly
"Brilliant and pioneering. . . . Details a fascinating chapter in American intellectual and educational history, and sensitively depicts the often painful challenges faced by women academics of an earlier age."-- Marie Marmo Mullaney, Library Journal
"Forcefully argued and gracefully written, this work . . . not only sheds new light on the intellectual roots of modern feminism, but advances an irrefutable indictment of an academic world that systematically excluded talented women from teaching posts while allowing their male mentors to lay claim to their pioneering scholarship."-- Eric Foner, Commonweal
"Fascinating. . . . Deserves the widest possible readership."-- Hamilton Cravens, Science

"This lucid study moves changing ideas about sex roles from the margins to the center of intellectual history. . . . Superb insight and erudition."—Nancy F. Cott

"In Beyond Separate Spheres, Rosalind Rosenberg tells the fascinating story of a small group of women scientists who initiated the modern scientific study of differences between males and females in the period between the later 19th century and World War II. . . . This is an interesting account, or, more precisely, series of vignettes, nicely written,solidly researched, and intelligently presented. The book is itself an excellent example of feminist scholarship."—Hamilton Cravens, Science

"Brilliant and pioneering. . . . Details a fascinating chapter in American intellectual and educational history."—Library Journal

"A good scholarly work in history should be both a synthesis of past scholarship and a pioneer effort for richer interpretations since difficult and changing questions are asked by various historians of the organized past. Beyond Separate Spheres is an admirable example of that dictum."—Donald K. Pickens, History

"A clear and admirable study, which general students of American culture and specialists in women's history, intellectual history, and the history of higher education can read with considerable profit. The book discusses many other issues that cannot be encompassed in a brief review; they include such subjects as the fading of the women's movement in the 1920s, the effect of higher education on women who were subsequently limited in their efforts to practice their crafts, and the implications of the fact that women had to enter the traditional male sphere"—J. Stanley Lemons, The Journal of American History

"Weaving anecdote and analysis, Rosenberg shows how the women's experiences in academic and institutional settings influenced the direction and content of their theoretical work."—Kathryn Kish Sklar, The Wilson Quarterly

"An important contribution to the literature of both the history of women and political movements."—Christine A. Lunardini, Political Science Quarterly

"Beyond Separate Spheres is a fascinating piece of intellectual history in which Rosalind Rosenberg traces feminist participation in the creation of the new disciplines of sociology, social psychology and anthropology in the United States. . . . By drawing attention to the original shaping of the terms of modern arguments for equality, Rosalind Rosenberg has done historians of feminism a good service."—Rosalind Delmar, Times Literary Supplement

"Rosenberg's arguments are complex, her research thorough,and her presentation graceful. This book is a valuable contribution to the growing literature on feminism and on the history of social sciences."—Joan Mark, Isis

"For anyone interested in the history of sociology, in American intellectual history, and the history of feminism in the USA, Prof. Rosenberg's book is essential reading. Women until now have been written out of history. They will have to revise the texts in light of this book."—Jack Nusan Porter, Harvard University; Founder and former editor/publisher of the Journal of the History of Sociology

"[Rosenberg's] work is more than a fresh and well-written history of one branch of American scholarship; it is a fascinating and even moving picture of our foremothers in the social sciences. It is to be read not only by social scientists but everyone interested in the struggle to look beyond accepted theory and traditional assumptions about how the world works."—Arlene Kaplan Daniels, The Women's Review of Books

"Beyond Seperate Spheres is a brilliant study of intellectual change."—Helen Lefkowitz Horowitz, American Quarterly

"First-rate intellectual history, a compelling discussion of the lives and research efforts of women determined to investigate the relationship between gender and such individual characteristics as intelligence and motor skills. . . . Beyond Separate Spheres is a pioneering study, one to which scholars in social and intellectual history, in women's studies, and in education will make frequent reference. It further reveals, thanks to the insights of Rosalind Rosenberg, the feminism of an earlier generation whose concerns turn out to be strikingly modern."—Sally Gregory Kohlstedt, American Journal of Education

"Forcefully argued and gracefully written, this work . . . not only sheds new light on the intellectual roots of modern feminism, but advances an irrefutable indictment of an academic world that systematically excluded talented women from teaching posts while allowing their male mentors to lay claim to their pioneering scholarships."—Eric Foner, Commonweal

"Rarely do I read a book that I define as 'must' reading for scholars with a variety of significantly different substantive interests. Beyond Separate Spheres is one of those rare exceptions. Anyone interested in the history and/or sociology of social science, the sociology of knowledge, turn-of-the-century (ca. 1870s-1920s) development of social sciences in the United States, the study of gender, the history of feminism, and/or the history of women in higher education should read this lively, timely, and altogether well-written and documented book."—Janet Saltzman Chafetz, Contemporary Sociology

"This is an extraordinarily important book. . . . While Rosenberg is right to stress that woeful silences abound in the history of feminist social science, her book now gives us a means by which to rediscover, reclaim, and reevaluate that tradition."—Patricia A. Palmieri, Signs

Selected by the American Educational Studies Association (AESA) Critics Panel as one of the outstanding recent books in educational studies

Winner of the 1982 Frederick Jackson Turner Award of the Organization of American Historians