During the interwar era, the world of mainstream Protestant missions
was in transition. The once-dominant paradigm of separate spheres --
"women's work for women" -- had lost its saliency, and
professional women often entered work worlds largely peopled by men.
Medical missionaries Belle Chone Oliver and Florence Murray and
literature specialist Margaret Wrong were three such women.
Using these women's experiences in colonial India, Korea, and
sub-Saharan Africa as case studies, Modern Women Modernizing
Men explores how professionalism, religion, and feminism came
together to enable missionary women to become the colleagues and
mentors of Western and non-Western men. The "modern"
Christian woman missionary, the author demonstrates, was in fact more
an agent of modernization than an angel of domesticity.
This book -- a bold exploration of changing gender, professional,
and race relations in colonial missionary settings -- will be of
interest to scholars engaged in gender, women's, and postcolonial
studies, as well as to readers interested in the history of the
international missionary movement.
Ruth Compton Brouwer is Chair of the Department of History, King's College, University of Western Ontario, and author of New Women for God: Canadian Presbyterian Women and India Missions, 1876-1914.
Illustrations Preface and Acknowledgments Introduction 1. "A Life Lived and Not a Message Delivered": Challenge and Change in Interwar Missions 2. "Colleagues and Eventually Successors": Dr. Chone Oliver and the Struggle to Establish a Christian Medical College in Late Colonial India 3. The Triumph of "Standards" over "Sisterhood": Florence Murray's Approach to the Practice and Teaching of Western Medicine in Korea, 1921-69 4. Books for Africa: Margaret Wrong and the Gendering of African Literature, 1929-63 5. Women in a Transitional Era: Links and Legacies Appendices Notes Select Bibliography Index