Archivist Mona K. Vance has been awarded the Glover Moore Prize by the Mississippi Historical Society for her thesis “Fighting the wave of change: cultural transformation and coeducation at , 1884 to 1982.”
Her thesis explores the 1982 Supreme Court case Joe Hogan v. Mississippi University for Women (MUW) which became the landmark case dealing with sexual discrimination in higher education and essentially opened the previously single-sex University to men. The splintering that occurred at MUW over the case was a microcosm of the larger societal shift that occurred between ideological forces over the transformation from single-sex education to coeducation across the South. The long term affects of the decision remain vivid at the institution even today.
The Glover Moore Prize recognizes the best master’s thesis on a topic in Mississippi history or biography completed the previous year. Vance received her MA in History in 2008 from the University of North Carolina Wilmington (www.uncw.edu).
The awards ceremony took place on March 7 at the Old Capital Inn in Jackson.