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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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Scientific Womanpower Enters the Sputnik Era

Scientific Womanpower Enters the Sputnik Era

(p.85) Chapter Three Scientific Womanpower Enters the Sputnik Era
Searching for Scientific Womanpower

Laura Micheletti Puaca

University of North Carolina Press

This chapter examines the national security anxieties arising from the launch of the Soviet Sputniks in 1957, focusing on efforts to increase women’s scientific participation throughout the early 1960s. During this period, which marked the heyday of technocratic feminism, a growing number of reformers situated women’s education and employment within an increasingly diffuse national security state. By examining women’s scientific societies such as Sigma Delta Epsilon and individuals such as Mary Bunting, it also uncovers innovative efforts to enable married women to combine scientific and domestic work.

Keywords:   national security, scientific participation, technocratic feminism, women’s education, women’s employment, scientific societies

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