Episode 193 – No Country for Young Women, Part 2

This week: what are three educated women to do in a society that doesn’t value their education?

Listen to the episode here.

Sources

Nimura, Janice. Daughters of the Samurai.

Furuki, Yoshiko. The White Plum, a Biography of Tsuda Ume.

Tsuda, Umeko and Yoshiko Furuki. The Attic Letters: Ume Tsuda’s Correspondence to her American Mother.

Some excellent biographical sketches of Ume, Shige and Sutematsu are available here.

Images

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Nagai Shige as a college student at Vassar.
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Yamakawa Sutematsu as a student at Vassar.
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Oyama Iwao and Sutematsu together. Initially a political marriage, by all accounts the union became a very happy one.
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Tsuda Ume in her dorm room at Bryn Mawr. This makes me feel much better about how my dorm looked in college.
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Alice Bacon with Shige, Sutematsu, and Ume during her time working for the Joshi Gakushuin.
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Anna Cope Hartshorne, Tsuda Ume’s closest friend and collaborator in building Tsuda College.
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The modern campus of Tsuda College in Kodaira. The school’s tremendous success can be attributed in part to the amazing energy of its founder.
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