Networks of influence: home scientists at the University of New Zealand 1911–1941
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Women educators, leaders and activists : educational lives and networks 1900–1960
Across its 90-year history, the University of New Zealand (1871–1961) appointed four women professors to the Department of Home Science: Winifred Boys–Smith (1911–1921), Helen Rawson (1921–1924), Ann Gilchrist Strong (1921–1941) and Elizabeth Gregory (1941–1961). Each was well qualified, well educated, well travelled and each had established a network of similarly like-minded and ambitious women. In this chapter I show the interconnectedness of their lives as educators and their use of their personal and professional networks and alliances to secure support for the professionalization of Home Science.