Blanche Hazard came to Cornell in 1914 as an assistant
professor of home economics, with a special responsibility to
develop courses on the history of women and women's work. After
spending two years at Thayer Academy and two years at Radcliffe
College, Hazard taught history in both public and private schools,
and was head of the Department of History at Rhode Island Normal
School from 1899 to 1904. During this period, she was also an
officer of the New England Association of Teachers of History
in Colleges and Secondary Schools. She became well-known for her
lectures at teachers' conventions on historical methods, as well
as for her collaboration with Harvard's Alburt B. Hart on a book
about children in the Colonial Era. In l904, Hazard returned to
Radcliffe, where she earned a B.A. in l907 with first honors in
history and government. In 1913, she completed a Ph.D. at Harvard
in history; her dissertation, The Organization of The Boot
and Shoe Industry in Massachusetts Before l875 (1921), was
the first book written by a woman published by Harvard University
Press. At Cornell, Hazard and Martha
Van Rensselaer collaborated in creating an early version of
women's studies. Hazard taught courses on "Women in Industry,"
"Women in the State," and "History of Housekeeping." She also
wrote a number of pamphlets for the Farmers' Wives Reading Course,
including Civic Duties of
Women (1918), which was widely used and reprinted as women
prepared to exercise their suffrage.
When she left Cornell in 1922 to return to New England and marry,
Hazard was a full professor of home economics.
For more information, see Blanche Hazard - An Overlooked Pioneer.