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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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Endless Frontiers for Scientific Womanpower

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Searching for Scientific Womanpower

Laura Micheletti Puaca

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines the problems and possibilities of the postwar period. The dawn of the atomic age and the emerging Cold War resulted in a precarious peace that demanded perpetual preparedness in all areas of society. This development led to a new iteration of technocratic feminism based on an expanded definition of national security and an increasingly entrenched national security state. The chapter explores efforts to expand women’s education and employment amid new national security concerns, international crises, and a broader surge of interest in “scientific womanpower.” Particularly important are the activities and outreach efforts of the newly created Society of Women Engineers, which emerged as a principal proponent of technocratic feminism.

Keywords:   technocratic feminism, feminist activism, women’s education, women’s employment, Cold War, Society of Women Engineers

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