Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1929. First edition. Light edgewear. Contemporary ink ownership signature (Harriet N. Dorrance) to front flyleaf. A fresh, bright, near-fine copy, scarce in the original dust jacket (very good). Publisher’s red cloth titled in gilt. Octavo. xi, 219 pp. Item #16990
The present work collects advice and opinions by prominent headmistresses and educators at American colleges and girls’ schools: Mabelle Babcock Blake, Ed.D., Smith College; Caroline Ruutz-Rees, Ph.D., Choate Rosemary Hall; Mary Robbins Hillard, L.H.D., Westover School; Jessie Hewitt, A.B., Ethel Walker School; Dorothy Waldo, Ed.M., Dana Hall; Lucy Madeira Wing, A.B., Miss Madeira’s School; Mary Agnes Elcock, Greenwood School; Frances Lee, A.B., Lee School. In the chapter titled “Academic Influence,” Ruutz-Rees argues for a more rigorous education for women that would, for example, hone the existing curriculum of English literature by adding a focus in rhetoric and taking a “scientific” approach to appreciation of the arts (pp. 32-33). Jessie Hewitt, a former basketball player and “a strong and staunch believer in outdoor athletics for girls,” advocates for competitive sports teams at schools for girls and women (p. 72). Dorothy Waldo advocates a more rigorous college admissions process for women, including the newly developed SAT, and Mary Elcock argues for the importance of sleepaway camp for girls.