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Modern Women Modernizing Men

The Changing Missions of Three Professional Women in Asia and Africa, 1902-69

Distributed for University of British Columbia Press

Modern Women Modernizing Men

The Changing Missions of Three Professional Women in Asia and Africa, 1902-69

During the interwar era, the world of mainstream Protestant missions was in transition. The once-dominant paradigm of separate spheres – “women’s work for women” – had lost its saliency, and professional women often entered work worlds largely peopled by men. Medical missionaries Belle Choné Oliver and Florence Murray and literature specialist Margaret Wrong were three such women.

Using these women’s experiences in colonial India, Korea, and sub-Saharan Africa as case studies, Modern Women Modernizing Men explores how professionalism, religion, and feminism came together to enable missionary women to become the colleagues and mentors of Western and non-Western men. The “modern” Christian woman missionary, the author demonstrates, was in fact more an agent of modernization than an angel of domesticity.

This book – a bold exploration of changing gender, professional, and race relations in colonial missionary settings – will be of interest to scholars engaged in gender, women’s, and postcolonial studies, as well as to readers interested in the history of the international missionary movement.


212 pages


Table of Contents

Illustrations

Preface and Acknowledgments

Introduction

1 “A Life Lived and Not a Message Delivered”: Challenge and Change in Interwar Missions

2 “Colleagues and Eventually Successors”: Dr. Choné Oliver and the Struggle to Establish a Christian Medical College in Late Colonial India

3 The Triumph of “Standards” over “Sisterhood”: Florence Murray’s Approach to the Practice and Teaching of Western Medicine in Korea, 1921-69

4 Books for Africa: Margaret Wrong and the Gendering of African Literature, 1929-63

5 Women in a Transitional Era: Links and Legacies

Appendices

Notes

Select Bibliography

Index

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