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Mary P. FollettCreating Democracy, Transforming Management$
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Joan C. Tonn

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300096217

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300096217.001.0001

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“Very Unusual Privileges”

“Very Unusual Privileges”

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(p.38) 5 “Very Unusual Privileges”
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Mary P. Follett
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Joan C. Tonn

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300096217.003.0005

Mary P. Follett decided to seek college education at a time when very few women aged 18–21 enrolled in college and the public had a generally disdainful image of college women. Women who wanted to enter college also had to overcome the notion that pursuit of a college education would be bad for their health. Aside from her health problems, Mary had little parental support and had to live on campus where discrimination was rampant. None of this stopped her from enrolling at the Harvard Annex for Women in Massachusetts in the autumn of 1888. She took up history in preparation for a career as a teacher, a decision that was undoubtedly influenced by Anna Boynton Thompson, her former teacher at Thayer, and perhaps by her aunt, Lydia Averill Follett. One of the professors who would have a profound influence on Follett's collegiate experience was Albert Bushnell Hart, who guided her in writing her thesis about the Speaker of the House of Representatives.

Keywords:   college education, Mary P. Follett, women, Harvard Annex for Women, history, Anna Boynton Thompson, Albert Bushnell Hart, thesis

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