Delving into discourse traditionally silenced by the Catholic hierarchy, this edited collection observes the ways in which patriarchal structures often hinder women's advancement within Catholic institutions of higher learning. The contributors describe their own conflicts and successes in their attempts to negotiate their academic careers and personal lives in the context of the clash between secular and Catholic patriarchal values. The contributors suggest concrete steps toward social justice for women who teach and work in Catholic higher education.
Sharlene Hesse-Biber, Professor of Sociology at Boston College, is the Founder and Director of the National Association of Women in Catholic Higher Education (NAWCHE). Denise Leckenby is a teaching fellow at Boston College and has worked for NAWCHE.
Chapter 1 Introduction: Border Work, Living Experience, and Social Justice Part 2 Feminist Border Work: Tensions and Contradictions Chapter 3 What Doesn't Kill You Will Make You Strong: Black Women and Catholic Colleges Chapter 4 Cultural Barriers Facing Lesbian, Gay, and Bisexual Studies Chapter 5 Navigating Bi-Cultural Waters Part 6 Living Experiences: Identity, Empowerment, and Action Chapter 7 Women in God's Country: Teaching Gender Studies at Saint Michael's College Chapter 8 Living the Experiences of a Feminist Faculty Member at a Catholic Institution Chapter 9 Walking on a Wire and Weaving a Safety-Net: Women's Studies and Campus Administrative Offices Chapter 10 No Sleep for the Lions: Women's Leadership in Catholic Higher Education Part 11 Social Justice: The Ideal, the Reality, and the Quest Chapter 12 The IP (Impostor Phenomenon) and Women in Theology Chapter 13 Ex Corde: Constraint or Window of Opportunity? Chapter 14 Mission and Ministry of American Catholic Colleges and Universities for the Next Century: Vocation and Dialogic Models for Social Justice Chapter 15 Conclusion: Strife and Synthesis: Women and Women's Studies in Catholic Higher Education