Fighting the wave of change: cultural transformation and coeducation at Mississippi University for Women, 1884 to 1982

UNCW Author/Contributor (non-UNCW co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Mona K. Vance (Creator)
The University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW )
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William Moore

Abstract: In the eighteenth century, educational opportunities for women existed largely in separate single-sex institutions especially in the South. In 1884, Mississippi established the first all-female public university in the country, the Industrial Institute and College (now Mississippi University for Women). Other states across the South, such as North Carolina and Georgia, soon created similar schools. By the 1970s, however, all of the single-sex public colleges for women had adopted coeducation except for Mississippi University for Women (MUW). In 1980, MUW found itself at the center of a legal battle over single-sex admission policies when Joe Hogan, a male nurse, sued the public institution. The case revealed a splintering between two distinct factions, traditionalists who wished to maintain the cultural status quo and social reformers who pushed for transformations. The splintering that occurred at MUW is a microcosm of the larger societal shift that occurred between ideological forces over the transformation from single-sex education to coeducation across the South.

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A Thesis Submitted to the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in Partial Fulfillment of the Requirement for the Degree of Masters of Arts
Language: English
Date: 2009
Coeducation--Mississippi--History, Education, Higher--Social aspects--Mississippi, Mississippi University for Women--History, Single-sex schools--Mississippi--History, Women's colleges--Mississippi--History, Universities and colleges--Mississippi--History
Mississippi University for Women -- History
Universities and colleges -- Mississippi -- History
Education, Higher -- Social aspects -- Mississippi
Coeducation -- Mississippi -- History
Single-sex schools -- Mississippi -- History
Women's colleges -- Mississippi -- History

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