Using an interdisciplinary approach, this project examines how the American conception of white womanhood has informed and molded perceptions of what makes a “good” teacher. By examining historical and contemporary film-based discourses around white womanhood, it is clear that teaching has been transformed into another form of mothering, tying the teaching field to the white woman. This discursive connection is made seemingly permanent through the institutionalization of the white woman in the classroom. This paper will then begin to explore how this process has affected the larger educational system. Ultimately, this project hopes to encourage white women in education to reflect and understand how their choices fit into a larger discourse.
"Have No Fear! White Ladies are Here!: Interrogating the Image and Institutionalization of White Womanhood in the Classroom,"
Tapestries: Interwoven voices of local and global identities: Vol. 8
, Article 8.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.macalester.edu/tapestries/vol8/iss1/8
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