Diana B. Turk

Diana B. Turk is an assistant professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning at New York University. She received her B.A. in American Studies from Hamilton College and her M.A. and Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Maryland at College Park. She has researched and published in the areas of women’s history, oral history, social studies education, and historical methods. Her book, Bound by a Mighty Vow: Sisterhood and Women’s Fraternities, 1870–1920, was published in 2004.


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College Students in the United States

While Jews have traditionally placed a great deal of emphasis on education and learning, in the past they reserved the privilege of education primarily for their sons. Religious and cultural ideals assigning women’s place to the home and family combined with societal sexism and antisemitism to make the course charted by Jewish women in pursuit of a college education rocky and in many cases inaccessible. In the last two decades of the twentieth century, Jewish women in America achieved parity with their male counterparts on college campuses, but only after many decades of struggle. Indeed, the obstacles facing all American women who sought to enroll in college institutions in the decades surrounding the turn of the last century proved numerous, imposing, and at times, defeating. For Jewish women, antisemitism posed an added challenge that they had to conquer in order to receive the college education they sought.

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