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Searching for Scientific WomanpowerTechnocratic Feminism and the Politics of National Security, 1940-1980$
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Laura Micheletti Puaca

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9781469610818

Published to North Carolina Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5149/northcarolina/9781469610818.001.0001

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Searching for Scientific Womanpower

Laura Micheletti Puaca

University of North Carolina Press

This introductory chapter begins with a description of how feminists used the language and cause of national security, during the period between the Second World War and early Cold War era, to promote women’s education and employment, especially in the fields of science and engineering. It then sets out the book’s purpose, which is to illuminate the history of feminist interest in science before feminism’s second wave and to trace continuities between early and later efforts. An extended treatment of reformers’ use of scientific manpower concerns and national security prerogatives will expand the understanding of the problems and possibilities that they encountered along the way. An overview of the subsequent chapters is also presented.

Keywords:   World War II, Cold War, feminist activism, feminism, national security, scientific participation, women’s education

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