Seattle’s Women Teachers of the Interwar Years
Shapers of a Livable City
- PUBLISHED: July 2004
- SUBJECT LISTING: Natural History, Pacific Northwest / History
- BIBLIOGRAPHIC INFORMATION: 304 Pages, 6 x 9 in, 26 illus.
- ISBN: 9780295984452
- Publisher: University of Washington Press
In Seattle’s Women Teachers of the Interwar Years, Doris Pieroth describes the contributions of a remarkable group of women who dominated the Seattle public school system in the early years of the twentieth century and helped to produce well-educated citizens who were responsible for the widespread philanthropic, volunteer, and municipal activities that came to characterize the city.
While most publications on the history of education have emphasized theory or administration, Pieroth focuses on individual teachers. Set against the backdrop of a developing city, the book provides vivid portraits of educated, strong, ambitious women making successful careers at a time when job opportunities for women were very limited.
Pieroth interviewed as many of these women as she could find, and quotes from the interviews enhance her lively, well-written narrative. Using details drawn from local newspapers and school publications, she demonstrates that the influence of this cohort of women made modern Seattle the livable place that it remains today. Seattle’s Women Teachers of the Interwar Years is a significant contribution to the history of Seattle and the region, to women’s history, and to the history of education.
Authors & Contributors
Doris Hinson Pieroth is an independent scholar whose work has focused on the history of women in the Northwest during the interwar period. Her interest in Seattle's women teachers goes back to her own education in Seattle's grade schools. She is the author of Their Day in the Sun: Women of the 1932 Olympics and The Hutton Settlement: A Home for One Man's Family.
1. New Century, New City, New Schools
2. 1920 and Beyond
3. Quality of Life: Home, School, Transportation
4. Perpetuating the Seattle Way: Cadets and a Demonstration School
5. Principals: Saints, Ogres, and Legends
6. Dealing with Diversity
7. Genteel Militants
8. Beyond the Classroom
9. Leaving the Classroom
The book's photographic illustrations, well chosen from a variety of local archives, gracefully underscore the text. This book will interest anyone seeking a Seattle-specific analysis of women in education, and anyone interested in how female teachers worked within the confines of one of the only professions available to them during the era, successfully shaping their personal destinies.- Historylink
One of the most fascinating aspects of Seattle’s Women Teachers of the Interwar Years is the picture it gives of the day—to—day lives of teachers living in Seattle in the 1910s, 1920s, and 1930s. Historians of education and teachers will be very interested to get this intimate look into teachers’ lives in and out of school.- Nancy Beadie, University of Washington, Historian of Education and co—editor of Chartered Schools: Two Hundred Years of Independent Academies in the United States, 1727 to 1925