New York: Associated Authors, 1955. First American Edition. Octavo, 248 pages; VG/VG; spine grey with white lettering; dust jacket protected with a mylar covering, price uncut '$3.00'; small amount of chipping to head and tail of spine, corners; foxing and age-toning to interior of dust jacket; INSCRIBED on half-title by Gerda Lerner to Professor Evelyn Beck; very scarce in any condition; shelved case 6.
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Gerda Lerner was one of the founders of the academic field of women's history. In 1963, while still an undergraduate at the New School for Social Research, she taught "Great Women in American History," which is considered to be the first regular college course on women's history offered anywhere. She played a key role in the development of women's history curricula and was involved in the development of degree programs in women's history at Sarah Lawrence College (where she taught from 1968 to 1979 and established the nation's first master's degree program in women's history) and at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where she launched the first Ph.D. program in women's history.
Evelyn Torton Beck is a scholar, teacher and activist who specialized in Women’s Studies, Jewish Women’s Studies, and Lesbian Studies. She is a founding member of The National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) and its Jewish and lesbian caucuses and helped establish the Madison, Wisconsin chapter of the National Lesbian Feminist Organization (NLFO).
Beck was a professor in Comparative Literature, German, and Women’s Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1972 to 1984, while Lerner was Robinson Edwards Professor of History at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1980-1991.;