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Our Rightful PlaceA History of Women at the University of Kentucky, 1880--1945$
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Terry L. Birdwhistell and Deirdre A. Scaggs

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780813179377

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2021

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813179377.001.0001

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Economic Depression and an Uncertain Future

Economic Depression and an Uncertain Future

(p.130) 4 Economic Depression and an Uncertain Future
Our Rightful Place

Terry L. Birdwhistell

Deirdre A. Scaggs

University Press of Kentucky

This chapter explores the impact of the Great Depression on women students at UK. To support financially strapped women students the university utilized several New Deal student work programs and established group houses where women students could live more frugally. Highlighted are the contradictions between women’s academic aspirations and successes and their vocational and educational opportunities after college, made even more problematic by the worsening economic conditions. Combining a career with marriage remained almost impossible for most women college graduates. Moreover, women students still had to endure both subtle and obvious sex discrimination in the classroom. Also discussed is the establishment of a women’s building on campus, where women students and faculty could gather and where women’s organizations could meet. By the end of the 1930s the Woman’s Building was closed with the opening of a new student union.

Keywords:   Great Depression, careers and marriage, sex discrimination, Woman’s Building, Student Union

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