Mary Ingraham Bunting: Her Two Lives

 
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In this fascinating debut biography, Elaine Yaffe tells the life-story of Mary Ingraham Bunting, the remarkable 20th century scientist, educator and feminist, who was president of Radcliffe College during the tempestuous sixties, dean of Douglass College, and special assistant to the president of Princeton. As a respected microbiologist, Bunting also did groundbreaking research at Yale. Above all, she’s important because she was one of the first to perceive, and come up with remedies for, the ways in which American society was stifling women’s aspirations and thwarting their achievements. She coined the phrase “the climate of un-expectation” to describe the atmosphere in which females of all ages lived and grew, surrounded by the pervasive assumption that they would never accomplish anything. She worked tirelessly to push back the barriers and to expand women’s opportunities. Now her ideas are accepted as commonplace, but in the 1960s they were revolutionary.

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Elaine Yaffe, who has written about education for many years, is a graduate of Radcliffe College and the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She has published articles in national education magazines, has written a weekly newspaper column about education, and has edited a college alumni magazine and an on-campus college newspaper. She lives in New York City with her husband, the writer James Yaffe. This is her first book.

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