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Papers of Annette Kolodny

The First Woman to Break into Formerly Male-Only Assembly Line at Oshawa GM Plant, 1971

Annette Kolodny received her Ph.D. in American Literature from the University of California, Berkeley in 1969. While at the University of British Columbia (1970-1974), Kolodny was instrumental in creating a Women's Studies program, the first academically accredited Women's Studies program in Canada. This program became a model for both the United States and Canada. Kolodny was an associate and assistant professor at the University of New Hampshire (1974-1979), University of Maryland (1982-1983), and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) (1983-1988)

While teaching at the University of New Hampshire, Kolodny was involved in a sexual and religious discrimination suit, one of the earliest Title VII suits. This suit was settled out of court in October 1980, and from the financial award Kolodny founded the National Women's Studies Association Task Force on Academic Discrimination.

Annette Kolodny came to the University of Arizona in 1988 and was Dean of Humanities from 1988-1993. She is currently a professor of Comparative Cultural and Literary Studies. Kolodny has received awards from the Guggenheim, Rockefeller, and Ford Foundations, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

She is the author of three books and  continues to publish actively in feminist literary criticism, eco-feminism, and feminist frontier studies.

This collection contains materials relating to her professional career and activities, manuscripts and publications, as well as legal material relating to her sexual and religious discrimination suit against the University of New Hampshire.