Tag Archives: women at U-M

  • Bentley Historical Library

    We Demand Education

    The first woman hired to teach at U-M was Louisa Reed-Stowell, a brilliant botanist who fought tirelessly for women’s equality, especially in education. Despite her prestigious contributions in the field, in the classroom, and beyond, U-M would discriminate against her time and time again on promotions, salary, and recognition. Nevertheless, she persisted.

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  • Bentley Historical Library

    It Was a Man’s World

    The early 1970s were pivotal years for women’s equality at Michigan. Government pressure was mounting for U-M to give women a level playing field on campus, but the University’s all-male administration was slow to act. Papers at the Bentley reveal how a group of determined women demanded accountability and action.

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  • Jean Ledwith King marches with her husband in this undated photo.
    Heritage

    #MeToo Circa 1970

    From advertising for low-level jobs with “Attention: Student Wives" headlines to academic advisors actively discouraging women to apply for Ph.D. programs, the University of Michigan, along with most other academic institutions, has a long history of gender-based discrimination.

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