Feminist educator Maxine Green notes that for more than a century "most histories of [American public] education were written by men and focused largely on what male leaders said and did in the field."1 Feminist educator Jane R. Martin concurs. She states that even though women have historically

taught the young and have themselves been educated, they are excluded both as the subjects and objects of educational thought from the standard texts and anthologies: as subjects their philosophical works on education are ignored; as objects in works by men about their education and their role as educators of the young they are largely neglected.2