Gildersleeve, Virginia

born 1877, New York City died 1965

American educator, graduate of Columbia (B.A., Barnard, 1899; Ph.D., 1908). She was professor of English at Barnard from 1900 to 1911, when she was appointed dean, a position she held until her retirement in 1947. She was an early supporter of the League of Nations, a founder and twice president of the International Federation of University Women, chairman of the American Council on Education, the only woman member of the U.S. delegation to the San Francisco Conference in 1945, and a member of the advisory commission on education sent to Japan in 1946. Her works include Many a Good Crusade (1954) and A Hoard for Winter (1962).

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