Mad River, Marjorie Rowland, and the Quest for LGBTQ Teachers’ Rights (New Directions in the History of Education) (Paperback)

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Mad River, Marjorie Rowland, and the Quest for LGBTQ Teachers’ Rights addresses an important legal case that set the stage for today’s LGBTQ civil rights–a case that almost no one has heard of. Marjorie Rowland v. Mad River School District involves an Ohio guidance counselor fired in 1974 for being bisexual. Rowland’s case made it to the U.S. Supreme Court, but the justices declined to consider it. In a spectacular published dissent, Justice Brennan laid out arguments for why the First and Fourteenth Amendments apply to bisexuals, gays, and lesbians. That dissent has been the foundation for LGBTQ civil rights advances since.
 
In the first in-depth treatment of this foundational legal case, authors Margaret A. Nash and Karen L. Graves tell the story of that case and of Marjorie Rowland, the pioneer who fought for employment rights for LGBTQ educators and who paid a heavy price for that fight. It brings the story of LGBTQ educators’ rights to the present, including commentary on Bostock v Clayton County, the 2020 Supreme Court case that struck down employment discrimination against LGBT workers.
 

About the Author


MARGARET A. NASH is professor emerita in the School of Education at the University of California, Riverside. She is the editor of Women’s Higher Education in the United States: New Historical Perspectives and the author of Women’s Education in the United States, 1780-1840.

KAREN L. GRAVES recently retired from Denison University in Granville, Ohio, where she was professor in the Department of Education. She is the author of And They Were Wonderful Teachers: Florida’s Purge of Gay and Lesbian Teachers and a coeditor of Inexcusable Omissions: Clarence Karier and the Critical Tradition in History of Education Scholarship.

Praise For…


"Margaret Nash and Karen Graves have produced the first full history of a true American heroine. Thanks to brave educators like Marjorie Rowland, LGBTQ teachers now enjoy vastly more freedoms than they did in earlier eras. But the fight is hardly over, as this brilliant little book reminds us. We have indeed come a long way, in the struggle for real human equality in our schools. And we also have much farther to go."

 
— Jonathan Zimmerman


"In this superb combination of narrative and analytical history, Nash and Graves engage us first with the dramatic, arduous story of Marjorie Rowland and her fight for equitable treatment.  They then analyze how principles drawn from Rowland’s case have informed litigation surrounding LGBTQ educators over time, concluding with potent reflections on current prospects.  Covering vast legal ground in accessible language, this book will stand as an important marker of the history of rights for LGBTQ school professionals."

  
— Linda Eisenmann

"Margaret Nash and Karen Graves have produced the first full history of a true American heroine. Thanks to brave educators like Marjorie Rowland, LGBTQ teachers now enjoy vastly more freedoms than they did in earlier eras. But the fight is hardly over, as this brilliant little book reminds us. We have indeed come a long way, in the struggle for real human equality in our schools. And we also have much farther to go."

 
— Jonathan Zimmerman


"In this superb combination of narrative and analytical history, Nash and Graves engage us first with the dramatic, arduous story of Marjorie Rowland and her fight for equitable treatment.  They then analyze how principles drawn from Rowland’s case have informed litigation surrounding LGBTQ educators over time, concluding with potent reflections on current prospects.  Covering vast legal ground in accessible language, this book will stand as an important marker of the history of rights for LGBTQ school professionals."

  
— Linda Eisenmann
Product Details
ISBN: 9781978827509
ISBN-10: 1978827504
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication Date: August 12th, 2022
Pages: 144
Language: English
Series: New Directions in the History of Education