Sex Roles (2017) 76:635–636 DOI 10.1007/s11199-017-0736-0 BOOK REVIEW Separate is Never Equal: The Repackaging of Single-Sex Education The Separation Solution: Single-Sex Education and the New Politics of Gender Equality. By Juliet A. Williams, Oakland, CA: University of California Press, 2016. 256 pp. $29.95, £24.95 (paperback). ISBN: 9780520288966 Michele Hoffnung Published online: 21 January 2017 Springer Science+Business Media New York 2017 In The Separation Solution, Juliet Williams revisits the issue coeducation. Similar arguments have been made for and of single-sex education with a well-written combination of against special protections for women workers. Although pro- personal experience and scholarly research into the legal and tections seem benevolent in the abstract, they often limit the political history of the fight for and against separate-but-equal. horizons of those who are protected or contribute to gender As a student, Williams helped integrate her public high stereotyping. (For a thoughtful historical review of the school. When it became coeducational, she thought the fight same/different argument, see DeLuzio 2007.) The same can was over. This is not a memoir, but the author is deeply in- be said for separating the sexes for educational purposes. volved in her topic, which makes for very good reading. She Although
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