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Searching for Scientific Womanpower: Technocratic Feminism and the Politics of National Security, 1940-1980

Laura Micheletti Puaca


This history of what is here termed “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 pre ... More

Keywords: technocratic feminism, World War II, Cold War, scientific personnel, women’s rights, feminist reformers, national security, women’s education, American feminism, feminist activism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9781469610818
Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014 DOI:10.5149/northcarolina/9781469610818.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Laura Micheletti Puaca, author