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Our Rightful Place

A History of Women at the University of Kentucky, 1880-1945 (Topics in Kentucky History)

Terry L. Birdwhistell, Deirdre A. Scaggs


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In 1880, forty-three women walked into the president's office at the University of Kentucky (UK) and signed the student register, becoming the first female students at a public college in the commonwealth. But gaining admittance was only the beginning. For the next sixty-five years -- encompassing two world wars, an economic depression, and the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment -- generations of women at UK claimed and reclaimed their right to an equitable university experience. Their.

University Press of Kentucky, 9780813179377, 262pp.

Publication Date: July 21, 2020

About the Author

Terry L. Birdwhistell is senior oral historian and founding director of the Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History at the University of Kentucky Libraries. He is former president of the Oral History Association and previously served as Dean of Libraries at UK Libraries. He has contributed to numerous collections, including The Encyclopedia of Louisville and The Kentucky Encyclopedia, and is co-general editor of Kentucky Remembered: An Oral History Series. His articles have appeared in publications such as Kentucky Law Journal and the Kentucky Review.Deirdre A. Scaggs is associate dean of the University of Kentucky Libraries Special Collections Research Center. She also serves as director of the Wendell H. Ford Public Policy Research Center. She is author of Women in Lexington and coauthor of The Historic Kentucky Kitchen: Traditional Recipes for Today's Cook.