Networks of influence: home scientists at the University of New Zealand 1911–1941 Chapter uri icon

Book Title

  • 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.

publication date

  • 2014