Mary Field Belenky
Mary Field Belenky, Ed.D. is an educator, researcher, and writer who focuses her work on women’s intellectual and ethical development. She studies projects and organizations that enable marginalized and silenced women to gain a voice, claim the powers of the mind, and have a fuller say in the way their families and communities are being run. A co-founder of the Vermont Women’s Prison Project, she is a co-author of Women’s Ways of Knowing and, more recently, A Tradition That Has No Name. She also co-edited Knowledge, Difference, and Power: Essays Inspired by Women’s Ways of Knowing.
Based on extensive interviews with both staff and incarcerated women in one Vermont prison, this article examines the supportive relationships women form with one another and with “good” guards. The authors discuss the women’s and guards’ stories about positive changes within women’s behavior and outlook during their incarceration, emphasizing the importance of new-found relationships and trust in supporting such changes.