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The life histories of ten of the first women to attend the College of William and Mary [1918-1930]

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Author: Roy, Diane Marie, 1969-
Advisor: Stanfield, John III
Committee Members: Kernodle, R. Wayne; Kerns, Virgnia; Rhyne, Edwin
Issued Date: 1994
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10288/21924
Description: This research project utilizes oral history techniques to explore the lives of ten females who attended the College of William and Mary during the first twelve years of coeducation [1918-1930]. Using a grounded theory methodology, the oral histories of the ten William and Mary graduates reveal six social institutions which have had a significant impact on the lives of all ten of the women: (1) Education, (2) Work, (3) Family, (4) Marriage, (5) Religion, and (6) Politics. Though all six institutions played powerful roles in shaping each women's self identity and life events, marital status proved to be the most influential determinant in the lives of the ten William and Mary graduates. While considering all six institutions and their effect on each of the women, special attention will be focused on the impact that marital status has had in shaping each woman's life experiences, values, career and educational history, hobbies, goals, and world view.
Degree: Masters of Arts in Sociology

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