Confronting Norms: Gender, Sex, and Sexuality in 20th-Century America

Solicited by the History of Education Society

Friday, April 3, 2020, 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Type: Panel Discussion

Tags: Education; Gender; Gender and Sexuality


This session deals with issues of inclusion, agency, conflicting perspectives, resistance, and challenges to the status quo. The first paper, situated from 1915 to 1945, examines ideas of femininity, masculinity African American women, and their participation in college sports. The second paper, situated in the 1960s, analyzes women’s advocacy for the inclusion of “sex” as a protected category, leading to greater opportunities for women in education. The third paper, situated in the late 20th century, probes a battle within American Baptist Churches in Ohio over inclusion of LGBT worshippers, and achievements of the church in educating local and national communities. 

Session Participants

Chair and Commentator: Margaret A. Nash, University of California, Riverside

Panelist: Karen Graves, Denison University

Panelist: Linda M. Perkins, Claremont Graduate University

Panelist: Eileen H. Tamura, University of Hawaii