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Living Life: Stories of Women, Men and Changing Roles in the 20th Century
A new book and website on gender equity in education
Developed by Education Development Center, Inc., and funded by the Ford Foundation

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Patricia Boland
Independent Consultant
Boland & Company
Montgomery, AL

Patricia Boland is an editor, writer, project manager, and trainer with over twenty years of experience managing print and media publications and projects, along with staff, grantees, authors, and vendors; six of those years in nonprofits. She has worked with Pearson Education, John Wiley & Sons, WEEA Resource Center, McGraw Hill, the Gale Group, The Southern Poverty Law Center, and others.

William Chafe
Dean, Faculty of Arts & Sciences
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education
Duke University
Durham, NC

Dr. Chafe's professional scholarship reflects his long-term interest in issue of race and gender equality. His dissertation and first book focused on the changing social and economic roles of American women in the fifty years after the women's suffrage amendment. Subsequent books compared the patterns of race and gender discrimination in America. He has received the Robert F. Kennedy Book Award (1981) for Civilities and Civil Rights: Greensboro, North Carolina and the Black Struggle for Freedom (1980) and the Sidney Hillman book award (1994) for Never Stop Running: Allard Lowenstein and the Struggle to Save American Liberalism (1993).

Phyllis W. Cheng
Attorney, Court of Appeals, 2nd Dist. Div.7
Los Angeles, CA

Phyllis W. Cheng is a senior appellate court attorney at the California Court of Appeal, Second Appellate District, Division Seven. Her numerous previous appointments include deputy attorney general in the Civil Rights Enforcement Section at the California Attorney General’s Office and vice chair and commissioner of the California Fair Employment and Housing Commission. Before becoming a lawyer, Dr. Cheng had a 12-year public policy career as Title IX coordinator and founder/director of a women’s commission at the Los Angeles Unified School District. She has also been a researcher at the RAND Corporation and Far West Laboratory for Educational Research and Development, and adjunct faculty at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education.

Marcelle Haddix
PhD Student, Lynch School of Education
Boston College
Chestnut Hill, MA

Marcelle Haddix is a doctoral candidate in Curriculum and Instruction at the Lynch School of Education at Boston College. Her area of specialization is language and literacy in education. Her research interests include language and literacy practices of racial minorities, critical theories of discourse, and qualitative research theories and methodologies. Her dissertation is a critical discourse analysis of the linguistic and cultural identities of racial minority preservice teachers. While working on her dissertation, Marcelle teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in writing and reading content, pedagogy, and assessment for K-12 curriculum.

Wesley Shumar
Associate Professor of Anthropology, Department of Culture and Communication College of Arts & Sciences Drexel University Philadelphia, PA

Wesley Shumar is a cultural anthropologist at Drexel University whose research focuses on higher education, virtual community, ethnographic evaluation in education, the semiotics of mass culture, and the self in relation to contemporary personal and political issues of identity and globalization. He has worked as an ethnographer at the Math Forum, a virtual math education community and resource center, for the last five years. Dr. Shumar is author of College for Sale: A Critique of the Commodification of Higher Education, Falmer Press, 1997 and co-editor of Building Virtual Communities: Learning and Change in Cyberspace, published by Cambridge University Press.

Nancy Hoffman
Vice President, Youth Transitions
Director, Early College High School Initiative
Jobs for the Future
Boston, MA

Nancy Hoffman, whose career spans work in high schools and higher education, leads JFF’s activities for the Early College High School Initiative. She came to JFF from Brown University, where she was Senior Lecturer in Education and also served as Director of the President’s Office and Secretary of the Brown Corporation. She holds a B.A. and Ph.D. in comparative literature from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Hoffman chairs the board of directors of the Feminist Press, the oldest women’s press in the United States. She writes on education policy and women’s studies and has been particularly engaged in improving access to and success in college for inner-city high school students.

Elizabeth Higginbotham
Professor, Department of Sociology
University of Delaware
Newark, DE

Elizabeth Higginbotham is currently a Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Delaware. She is a native New Yorker who did her undergraduate work at City College of the CUNY and graduate work at Brandeis University. She was one of the founders of the Center for Research on Women at the University of Memphis. Higginbotham is the author of Too Much to Ask: Black Women in the Era of Integration (University of North Carolina Press, 2001); co-editor of Women and Work: Exploring Race, Ethnicity, and Class (Sage Publications, 1997) and Race and Ethnicity in Society: The Changing Landscape (Thompson-Wadsworth, 2006). Her articles appear in Gender & Society, Women's Studies Quarterly, and many edited collections.

Joan Malczewski
Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs
The Steinhardt School of Education
New York University
New York, NY

Joan Malczewski is the Assistant Dean for Faculty Affairs at the Steinhardt School of Education at New York University, where she also teaches courses in history and education. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University in History and Education, and her B.A. in Economics from the University of Michigan. Her research interests focus on the development of universal education in the South for rural black populations in the early part of the 20th century. Prior to moving into higher education, she worked in New York as a certified public accountant and real estate analyst.