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Uniting Interests: The Economic Functions Of Marriage In America, 1750-1860, Lindsay Mitchell Keiter Jan 2016

Uniting Interests: The Economic Functions Of Marriage In America, 1750-1860, Lindsay Mitchell Keiter

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

This dissertation, "Uniting Interests: Money, Property, and Marriage in America, 1750-1860," examines how marriage was an essential economic transaction that responded to the development of capitalism in early America. Drawing on scholarship on the history of economic development, household organization, law, and gender, I argue that families actively distributed resources at marriage as part of larger wealth management strategies that were sensitive to regional and national economic growth. I focus particularly on women's property holding and how families deployed the legal protection of women's property as bulwarks against financial disaster. This project restores the family and women to ...


Women In The Trenches: Barriers To Female Staff's Advancement In Higher Education, Carla A. Costello Jan 2015

Women In The Trenches: Barriers To Female Staff's Advancement In Higher Education, Carla A. Costello

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

This qualitative phenomenological case study examined the intersection of organizational structures and gender, as well as perceptions of climate, and their collective impact on professional advancement opportunities of women working in lower-level positions in higher education, namely classified and professional staff (Acker, 1990; Allan, 2011; Kanter, 1977). Kanter's (1977) theory of the role of structure in organizations posits that position in the organizational hierarchy and work role influence the amount of access an employee has to information, resources, promotional opportunities, and support. In gendered organizations (Acker, 1990, 2006), women face barriers in advancement. While Kanter (1977) argued that structure ...


A Widow's Purview: A Microhistory Of Widowhood And Gender Relations In The Late Eighteenth-Century Virginia Backcountry, Eve Bourbeau-Allard Jan 2015

A Widow's Purview: A Microhistory Of Widowhood And Gender Relations In The Late Eighteenth-Century Virginia Backcountry, Eve Bourbeau-Allard

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


Stressed, Pregnant, And Behind Bars, Caroline Malory Kelsey Jan 2015

Stressed, Pregnant, And Behind Bars, Caroline Malory Kelsey

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


"Strength For The Journey": Feminist Theology And Baptist Women Pastors, Judith Anne Bledsoe Bailey Jan 2014

"Strength For The Journey": Feminist Theology And Baptist Women Pastors, Judith Anne Bledsoe Bailey

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

This dissertation grows out of an interest in the women who are pastors in formerly Southern Baptist churches. Because they continue to face opposition to their role as pastors I wanted to know the sources of their strength and determination. Specifically, how did feminism and feminist theology influence their decision to be pastors and their continuing ministry?;I interviewed twenty woman pastors in five different states representing two generations of pastors. These women are among the very few who grew up in Southern Baptist churches and are now pastors, since the Southern Baptist denomination has officially banned women from the ...


"Her Correspondence Is Dangerous": Women In The Fashion Trades Negotiating The Opportunities And Challenges Of Doing Business In The Chesapeake, 1766-75, Kaylan Michelle Stevenson Jan 2013

"Her Correspondence Is Dangerous": Women In The Fashion Trades Negotiating The Opportunities And Challenges Of Doing Business In The Chesapeake, 1766-75, Kaylan Michelle Stevenson

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


Outlaw Reproduction: Childbearing And The Making Of Colonial Virginia, 1634-1785, Andrea Kathleen Westcot Jan 2013

Outlaw Reproduction: Childbearing And The Making Of Colonial Virginia, 1634-1785, Andrea Kathleen Westcot

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

This dissertation examines discourses and experiences of reproduction in Virginia, 1630-1785. I define reproduction as an experiential reality that contoured women's lives in specific ways, as a central demographic phenomenon that shaped colonial populations, and as a discourse of power in the colonial project. Informed by feminist theory, queer theory, and postcolonial theory, the dissertation examines the relationship between reproduction and colonialism in the development of a plantation economy in Virginia. I draw on a varied archive of court documents, colonial records, newspapers and other print culture, plantation records, diaries, letters, and medical texts. Chapter 1, "'A considerable parcel ...


"You Can't Say 'No' To A Soldier": Sexual Violence In The United States During World War Ii, Michaele Katherine Smith Jan 2013

"You Can't Say 'No' To A Soldier": Sexual Violence In The United States During World War Ii, Michaele Katherine Smith

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

Between 1939 and 1946 the number of rapes in the United States increased approximately 45 percent. This project strives to explain the cultural factors the fueled this increase. Existing societal beliefs and the legal system of this period held rape victims responsible for their own victimization. Additionally, the wartime mobilization of the 1940s liberated millions of young men from community and family moral surveillance. Some men experienced this liberation as license to coerce sex from women. Popular culture accepted and even praised sexual aggressiveness in men, especially military men, and linked women's sexuality to their patriotism. The combination of ...


Deviants Of Great Potential: Images Of The Leopold-Loeb Case, John Carl Fiorini Jan 2013

Deviants Of Great Potential: Images Of The Leopold-Loeb Case, John Carl Fiorini

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

Deviants of Great Potential analyzes the 1924 Leopold-Loeb case as a cultural narrative with important effects on the marginalization of same-sex sexuality in men throughout the twentieth century and into the twenty-first. After Chicago teenagers Nathan Leopold and Richard Loeb were arrested for the United States' first nationally recognized "thrill killing," the apparently motiveless murder of fourteen-year-old Robert Franks, the Leopold-Loeb case became an instant cause celebre. The popular fixation on the case continued in the decades after 1924, as journalists and behavioral scientists treated it as a precedent for understanding a certain type of crime and criminal. Meanwhile---especially after ...


Women In Engineering: The Impact Of The College Internship On Persistence Into An Engineering Field, Kimberly M. Brush Jan 2013

Women In Engineering: The Impact Of The College Internship On Persistence Into An Engineering Field, Kimberly M. Brush

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


Peopling The Cloister: Women's Colleges And The Worlds We've Made Of Them, Caroline Simmons Leigh Hasenyager Jan 2013

Peopling The Cloister: Women's Colleges And The Worlds We've Made Of Them, Caroline Simmons Leigh Hasenyager

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


"Handing Down Remarkable And Interesting Circumstances": Elizabeth Carrington And Female Intellectual Inheritance In The Early American Republic, Hannah Emily Bailey Jan 2013

"Handing Down Remarkable And Interesting Circumstances": Elizabeth Carrington And Female Intellectual Inheritance In The Early American Republic, Hannah Emily Bailey

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


"Quick! Do Something Manly!": The Super Bowl As An American Spectacle Of Hegemonic Masculinity, Violence, And Nationalism, Jan Huebenthal Jan 2013

"Quick! Do Something Manly!": The Super Bowl As An American Spectacle Of Hegemonic Masculinity, Violence, And Nationalism, Jan Huebenthal

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


Letters To Annie: Ordinary Women In Late Nineteenth Century Maine, Rachel Catherine Thomas Jan 2013

Letters To Annie: Ordinary Women In Late Nineteenth Century Maine, Rachel Catherine Thomas

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


Learning How To Listen': Analyzing Style And Meaning In The Music Of Abbey Lincoln, Nina Simone And Cassandra Wilson, Lashonda Katrice Barnett Jan 2012

Learning How To Listen': Analyzing Style And Meaning In The Music Of Abbey Lincoln, Nina Simone And Cassandra Wilson, Lashonda Katrice Barnett

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

Learning How to Listen': Analyzing Style and Meaning in the Music of Abbey Lincoln, Nina Simone and Cassandra Wilson examines the similarities of singing styles and core narrative traits in the original songs of three African American women vocalist-composers celebrated within the jazz idiom. Drawing on years of ethnographic research, including over 150 hours of personal interviews with musicians, attendance of jazz concerts and festivals both domestic and abroad, and a three-year listening journal (based on live performances and recordings), 'Learning How to Listen' is an Africana cultural studies product informed by vibrant multidisciplinary scholarship that bridges Jazz studies, Linguistics ...


The Changing Girl: Sex Education And Prescriptions Of White Girlhood, Laura M. Ansley Jan 2012

The Changing Girl: Sex Education And Prescriptions Of White Girlhood, Laura M. Ansley

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


Black Female Landowners In Richmond, Virginia 1850-1877, Hannah Catherine Craddock Jan 2012

Black Female Landowners In Richmond, Virginia 1850-1877, Hannah Catherine Craddock

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


Dealing With Dual Differences: Social Coping Strategies Of Gifted And Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, And Queer Adolescents, Virginia Helen Hutcheson Jan 2012

Dealing With Dual Differences: Social Coping Strategies Of Gifted And Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, And Queer Adolescents, Virginia Helen Hutcheson

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


Unsung Heroes: Lesbian Activists In The Aids Epidemic In North Carolina And California, 1981-1989, Maggie Shackelford Jan 2011

Unsung Heroes: Lesbian Activists In The Aids Epidemic In North Carolina And California, 1981-1989, Maggie Shackelford

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


To Seek The Good, The True, And Beautiful: White, Greek-Letter Sororities In The U.S. South And The Shaping Of American 'Ladyhood,' 1915--1975, Margaret Lynn Freeman Jan 2011

To Seek The Good, The True, And Beautiful: White, Greek-Letter Sororities In The U.S. South And The Shaping Of American 'Ladyhood,' 1915--1975, Margaret Lynn Freeman

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

This dissertation examines the role of white, Greek-letter sororities in the creation and enforcement of standards for white women's behavior during the twentieth century. While sororities at white, southern universities first served as supportive networks for the few female students on newly coeducational university campuses, I argue that they transformed into spaces that promoted "heterosocial" activities and enforced members' heteronormativity through "lessons of 'ladyhood" and required attendance at fraternity parties and participation in heterosexual dating. as a means to guarantee their popularity among students on their respective campuses, sorority chapters sought the attention of the campuses' fraternity elite. This ...


Shahrazad In The White City: Muslim Women's Agency Through Performance At The Columbian Exposition, Alexandra Me'av Anne Ellinwood Jerome Jan 2011

Shahrazad In The White City: Muslim Women's Agency Through Performance At The Columbian Exposition, Alexandra Me'av Anne Ellinwood Jerome

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


The "Extraordinary" Case Of James Allen: A Study Of Gender And Sexuality In Early Nineteenth-Century Britain, Maria Dale Booth Jan 2011

The "Extraordinary" Case Of James Allen: A Study Of Gender And Sexuality In Early Nineteenth-Century Britain, Maria Dale Booth

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


Ghent Gayland: A Case Study Of The Gay And Lesbian Community And Media Of Norfolk, Virginia, Michael Anthony Lusby Jan 2011

Ghent Gayland: A Case Study Of The Gay And Lesbian Community And Media Of Norfolk, Virginia, Michael Anthony Lusby

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


Between Fact And Fiction: Writing By American Women In A Transnational Context, Hilary Jennifer Marcus Jan 2010

Between Fact And Fiction: Writing By American Women In A Transnational Context, Hilary Jennifer Marcus

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

Drawing on poststructuralist theories of gender, nation and modernity, this dissertation is an interdisciplinary exploration of American experimental women's writing and their linkages to and explorations of colonial and U.S. imperialist histories. "Between Fact and Fiction: Writing by American Women in a Transnational Context" considers experimental literary texts by women writing from diverse spaces across places and times as cultural texts that can provide important insights for understanding transnational politics of power and possibilities for disrupting power. The project examines a broad range of experimental literary texts by women including Gertrude Stein, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Alicia Gaspar ...


"You Have No Boss Here To Work For": Women And Labor In Chesapeake Bay Fishing Communities, Elizabeth Marie O'Grady Jan 2010

"You Have No Boss Here To Work For": Women And Labor In Chesapeake Bay Fishing Communities, Elizabeth Marie O'Grady

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


Honor, Gender And The Law: Defense Strategies During The Spanish Inquisition, 1526-1532, Katy Iverson Jan 2010

Honor, Gender And The Law: Defense Strategies During The Spanish Inquisition, 1526-1532, Katy Iverson

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


The Talent Process Of Successful Academic Women Scientists At Elite Research Universities In New York State, Lisa M. Kaenzig Jan 2009

The Talent Process Of Successful Academic Women Scientists At Elite Research Universities In New York State, Lisa M. Kaenzig

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


"Let All Things Be Done Decently And In Order": Gender Segregation In The Seating Of Early American Churches, Caroline Everard Athey Warner Jan 2009

"Let All Things Be Done Decently And In Order": Gender Segregation In The Seating Of Early American Churches, Caroline Everard Athey Warner

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


The First Thing Out The Window: Race, Radical Feminism, And Marge Piercy's "Woman On The Edge Of Time", Kimberly Lynn Mann Jan 2009

The First Thing Out The Window: Race, Radical Feminism, And Marge Piercy's "Woman On The Edge Of Time", Kimberly Lynn Mann

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.


"--All United Like Sisters--": Education, Friendship, And The Bonds Of Womanhood At Litchfield Female Academy, 1782--1833, Amy E. Whelan Jan 2009

"--All United Like Sisters--": Education, Friendship, And The Bonds Of Womanhood At Litchfield Female Academy, 1782--1833, Amy E. Whelan

Dissertations, Theses, and Masters Projects

No abstract provided.