Wise Womenis a collection of autobiographical essays by important and renowned teachers at mid-life. The essays, which are deeply personal, will focus on how these women negotiate the psychological, physical, and social changes brought on by menopause and how the aging process affects their lives as professionals, feminists, writers, mentors, and instructors in the academy. The book addresses such questions as the following: What challenges are left for the feminists who came of age during the women's movement and now have achieved academic success? How do women teachers experience their aging selves in the classroom? What legacy will mid-life women leave their younger women colleagues? All of these questions, as well as many others, are covered in this insightful and groundbreaking work.
"b"Wise Women will appeal to anyone, male or female, who has an interest in the educational experience from the instructor's perspective and should be in any educator's professional development library.Human interactions; increasing understanding of self and others; adapting teaching techniques to changing students and changing times; learning to balance personal and professional needs; these are the things which this book deals with so effectively, and it is an essential read for anyone who is, has been, or desires to become that much maligned, but very essential professional - a teacher.."
-Canadian Social Studies, Winter 2002, Volume 36, Number 2.
"This collection of essays or stories, written by female teachers and professors, captures the mood and thoughts of women entering their fifties. It is so honest, thoughtful, funny and engaging that even just skimming the chapters will bring enjoyment.."
---Vancouver Public Library Online
"I loved this book...I had this book on my bedside table. I read it, reread it, underlined it, listed my favorite essays inside the front cover and so far have bought five copies for friends....[T]his book will make you a richer person and put you in touch with the complexities of academic life....Teaching captures our attention with details; there is no time to think, to reflect, to wonder, and to put things in a larger context. Let this book bring that gift to you this summer.."
-Maryellen Weimer, The Teaching Professor
"Rarely has an anthology chronicled the joys and miseries of the professorate with such clarity and transparency as this book on female professors at midlife. Freeman and Schmidt have assembled a widely varied groupof professors from many regions of the country in order to reach a large group of college professors. What makes this book so successful is its editorial bluntness combined with a wonderful flow of stories and characters. It reads like personal diaries of professionals who cannot (and will not) separate their professional and personal lives. And-- the other success of this book-- the writers seamlessly weave their stories so that readers have a complete understanding of the writers "dual" lives. Recommended for every college professor and aspiring future professors."
-L.B. Gallien, Spelman College, "Choice