At what price entry? Philosopher of education Jane Roland Martin contends that feminist scholars have traded in their idealism for a place in the academy. In Coming of Age in Academe, she looks at the ways that academic feminists have become estranged from women. Determining that this is the "membership fee" the academy exacts on all its members, she calls for the academy's transformation. Part one explores the chilly research climate for feminist scholars, the academic traps of essentialism and aerial distance, and the education gap in the feminist text. In part two, Martin likens the behavior of present-day feminist scholars to nineteenth-century immigrants to the United States and examines their assimilation into the world of work, politics and the professions. She finds that when you look at higher education, you see what a brutal filter of women it is. Part three highlights the academy's "brain drain" and its containment of women and then proposes actions both great and small that aim at fundamental change. In this rousing call to action, Martin concludes that the dissociation from women that the academy demands--its "entrance fee"--can only be stopped by radically reforming the gendered system on which the academy is based.
""Coming of Age in Academe is a thought-provoking treatment of the continuing inequality in higher education and how it might be ameliorated. --Harvard Educational Review volume 70 number 2 2000."
"Jane Roland Martin...makes a powerful assessment of the state of women in higher education in "Coming of Age in Academe: Rekindling Women's Hopes and Reforming the Academy....Martin writes with clarity and focus....[She navigates this complex terrain with a competence born of familiarity with both the academy and feminist activism...."Coming of Age in Academe is a thought-provoking treatment of the continuing inequality in higher education and how it might be ameliorated....Clearly organized and written in a straightforward manner, this critical reflection of the loss of innocence that accompanies a coming of age should appeal to a wide range of readers."
"For those of us in academe who are concerned with moral education and development across the lifespan, no new book is more important than philosopher Jane Roland Martin's "Coming of Age in Academe....Her account is piercingly honest....Jane Roland Martin has written an encouraging and valuable book....Her clear observations, cogent analyses and courageous proposals can renew all of our lives if we so choose."
-"Journal of Moral Education
"Brilliant and also very timely...Jane Roland Martin is perhaps unique among contemporary feminist scholars in her focus on education and her expertise in the philosophy of education."
-Carol Gilligan, author of "In a Different Voice
"What I find strongest about this work is its clarity of concepts, use of classic references, the brilliance of [Martin's] insights, andthe linking of an individual woman's situation with the education-gender system...Jane Roland Martin is a major figure.."
-Jean O'Barr, Duke University