M. Elizabeth Tidball, leading researcher and advocate on behalf of higher education for women, is the renowned author of the 1970 landmark study showing that graduates of women’s colleges are two to three times as likely as women graduates of coeducational institutions to be recognized for their career accomplishments.
She has also documented that the success of women graduates of all types of institutions is significantly correlated with the number of women faculty available as role models. Since her first study, she has become a sought-after authority on education for women, and has recently been a member of a study group of the U.S. Department of Education Office of Educational Research on improved research on women’s colleges.
Tidball, who holds a master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a master’s degree from Wesley Theological Seminary, was the first woman to be appointed professor of physiology at George Washington University School of Medicine and Health Sciences. She is the founder of the Task Force on Women for the American Physiological Society and has been a trustee at Hood, Mount Holyoke, Salem, Skidmore, and Sweet Briar colleges. The founder of Summer Seminars for Women in Michigan and a distinguished scholar in residence at several academic institutions, she has been awarded 17 honorary degrees from colleges and universities around the nation. She is the recipient of numerous honors including the President’s Medal from The George Washington University and the Order of Merit of the Cathedral Choral Society. Tidball and her husband Charles S. Tidball, both well known for their research on higher education, are codirectors of the Tidball Center at Hood College.