Constructing Opportunity: American Women Educators in Early Meiji Japan tells the story of Margaret Clark Griffis and Dora E. Schoonmaker, two extraordinary women who transcended the traditional boundaries of nation, class, and gender by living and working in an alternative cultural setting outside the United States in the 1870s. Author Elizabeth K. Eder draws on numerous primary sources, including unpublished diaries and letters, to give both an intimate biographical account of these women's lives and an examination of the social and institutional frameworks of their professional lives in Japan.
Elizabeth K. Eder is a Lecturer at the University of Maryland's Department of Education Policy and Leadership.
Chapter 1 Opportunity Structures and the Lives of American Women, 1870-1900 Chapter 2 Working Without Seeming To: The Teaching Profession as a Form of Opportunity Chapter 3 Teaching Abroad as Domestic Duty: The Case of Margaret Clark Griffis Chapter 4 Teaching Abroad as Moral Mission: The Case of Dora E. Schoonmaker Chapter 5 Opportunities Without Parallel Chapter 6 Returning Home: Opportunities Re-Imagined? Chapter 7 Conclusion