Westover: Giving Girls a Place of Their Own

Westover Giving Girls a Place of Their Own Westover a girls school in Middlebury Connecticut was founded in by emancipated New Women educator Mary Hillard and architect Theodate Pope Riddle Landscape designer Beatrix Farrand did the p

  • Title: Westover: Giving Girls a Place of Their Own
  • Author: Laurie Lisle
  • ISBN: 9780819568861
  • Page: 372
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Westover, a girls school in Middlebury, Connecticut, was founded in 1909 by emancipated New Women, educator Mary Hillard and architect Theodate Pope Riddle Landscape designer Beatrix Farrand did the plantings It has evolved from a finishing school for the Protestant elite, including F Scott Fitzgerald s first love, to a meritocracy for pupils from many backgrounds anWestover, a girls school in Middlebury, Connecticut, was founded in 1909 by emancipated New Women, educator Mary Hillard and architect Theodate Pope Riddle Landscape designer Beatrix Farrand did the plantings It has evolved from a finishing school for the Protestant elite, including F Scott Fitzgerald s first love, to a meritocracy for pupils from many backgrounds and from around the world The fascinating account of the ups and downs of this female community is the subject of Laurie Lisle s lively and well researched book The author describes the innovations of the idealistic minister s daughter who was the first principal, her intellectual successor who turned it into a college preparatory school in the 1930s, the quiet headmaster who managed to keep it open during the turbulent 1970s, and the prize winning mathematics teacher, wife, and mother who leads the high school today This beautifully illustrated book tells an important story about female education during decades of dramatic change in America.

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    1. Laurie Lisle

      Laurie Lisle began her professional life as a journalist then became a biographer before writing about personal matters in her latest books She lives in the village of Sharon, Connecticut, along with her husband, artist Robert Kipniss When she is not writing or reading, she is hiking or working in her flower garden Laurie wrote the first biographies of two women artists, Georgia O Keeffe and Louise Nevelson as well as other nonfiction books about childlessness, gardening, and the small girls school which turned her into a writer Her best selling biography of O Keeffe, Portrait of an Artist, which was first published in 1980, has been translated into six languages Available as a hyperlinked ebook with photographs by Alfred Stieglitz, it is included in Five Hundred Great Books by Women Her biography of Louise Nevelson is the only one about this fascinating sculptor, known for her black assemblages Louise Nevelson As Passionate Life is now available in an ebook edition Titles of her other books are Without Child Challenging the Stigma of Childlessness, Four Tenths of an Acre Reflections on a Gardening Life, and Westover Giving Girls a Place of Their Own.

    182 thoughts on “Westover: Giving Girls a Place of Their Own”

    1. A fascinating, no holds barred history of this special place. This is a wonderful read for those of us who know Westover School, those who are interested in Westover School and those who are curious about the pros and cons of single sex education for girls. It's a moving lesson of the determination and vision of the women and men who worked to make Westover School what it has become in the last 100 years and what they overcame to make it happen.


    2. Great review of a school l thought I knew well. I learned alot about the history of the school, of women's institutions and the women who had the foresight to establish the school.


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