marydaly - GANDOSSY,ETAL. 1 Conjecture|Fact Mary Daly grew...

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GANDOSSY, ET AL. 1 Conjecture | Fact Mary Daly grew up in Schenectady, New York as “the only child of working-class Irish catholic parents” (Bindel). Encouraged into higher education, in particular by her mother, she found herself drawn to theology. “Though she found academia generally inhospitable to a woman who wanted to study theology in the 1950s, she graduated from the College of Saint Rose in Albany, N.Y., with a bachelor's degree [and] received a master's in English at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.” (Marquard). “She was awarded her first PhD in religious studies in 1953 at St Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana, and continued her studies [at the University of Fribourg] after moving to Switzerland” (Bindel). Daly began her career at Boston College in 1966 before it became co-ed in the early 1970's. By this time, Daly already held “six graduate degrees, including three doctorates in religion, theology, and philosophy” (Bridle 1). Her lectures and books have been published throughout the world, and seven such “groundbreaking” works continue to have an overwhelming impact on feminist philosophy (Bridle 1). The first of these works, The Church and the Second Sex , was published in 1968. “Boston College gave Daly a terminal contract shortly after the book's publication” due to its controversial portrayal of the Catholic Church (McMahon). This would be the first of many confrontations between Boston College (BC) and Daly. Her second book, Beyond God the Father: Toward a Philosophy of Women’s Liberation was published in 1973. The book generated another wave of controversy as Daly discussed female oppression within the Catholic Church, arguing for their equal inclusion within religion. “That accomplishment was viewed, then and now, as all the more significant because she wrote and taught at a Jesuit university” (Marquard). BC responded in 1975 by initially denying Daly’s “promotion to full professor, on the grounds [that] her two books to date had been unscholarly” (McMahon). “Following attempts to sack her, a four-month dispute ensued, during which 1,500 male students demonstrated on her behalf, resulting in Daly being granted tenure. She later labeled a number of her colleagues ‘bore-ocrats’ and accused them of suffering from ‘academentia’” (Bindel). Daly’s supporters argue BC attempted to violate her academic freedom rights, especially those of freedom of research and publication. Despite her continual disputes with BC, Daly continued to write and develop her ideas. “This spinning of new words/new worlds continues in evolution/revolution in later works, including the republished version of The Church and the Second Sex (1975), Gyn/Ecology (1978), Pure Lust (1984), Webster’s' First New Intergalactic Wickedary of the English Language (with Jane Caputi, 1987), Outercourse (1992), and the recent Quintessence (1998)” (McMahon). Daly was a self-proclaimed radical feminist. Suzy D'Enbeau, a well-published researcher
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