The role of women in policy-making has been largely neglected in conventional social and political histories. This book opens up this field of study, taking the example of women in education as its focus. It examines the work, attitudes, actions and philosophies of women who played a part in policy-making and administration in education in England over two centuries, looking at women engaged at every level from the local school to the state.
Women, Educational Policy-Making and Administration in England traces women's involvement in the establishment and management of schools and teacher training; the foundation of the school boards; women's representation on educational commissions, and their rising professional profile in such roles as school inspector or minister of education. These activities highlight vital questions of gender, class, power and authority, and illuminate the increasingly diverse and prominent spectrum of political activity in which women have participated.
Offering a new perspective on the professional and political role of women, this book represents essential reading for anybody with an interest in gender studies or the social and political history of England in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Table of Contents
1. 'Within marked boundaries': women and the making of educational policy since 1800 Joyce Goodman and Sylvia Harrop. Part I. Women and School Governance. 2. Women governers and the management of working-class schools, 1800-1861 Joyce Goodman. 3. Governing ladies: women governers of girl's middle-class schools, 1870-1925 Joyce Goodman and Sylvia Harrop. Part II. Women and Educational Administration at Local Government Level. 4. Women school board members and women school managers: the structuring of educational authority in Manchester and Liverpool, 1870-1903 Joyce Goodman. 5. 'Women not wanted': the fight to secure political representation on local education authorities, 1870-1907 Jane Martin. Part III. Women Teachers, Policy-Making and Administration in Elementary Education. 6. Women and teacher training: women and pupil teacher centres, 1880-1914 Wendy Robinson. 7. Women as witnesses: elementary schoolmistresses and the cross commission, 1885-1888 Angela O'Hanlon-Dunn. Part IV. Women and the Educational Administration of the State. 8. 'The peculiar preserve of the male kind': women and the educational inspectorate, 1893 to the second world war Joyce Goodman and Sylvia Harrop. 9. Committee women: women members on the consultative committee of the board of education, 1900-1944 Sylvia Harrop. 10. Parliamentary women: women ministers of education, 1924-1974 Robin Betts.