Initially, Elaine was educated at Gorton High School in Yonkers in 1944. Four years later, in 1948, she obtained Bachelor of Arts degree, graduating from Barnard College. Hedges continued her studies and in 1950 attained Master of Arts degree in history from Radcliffe College. In 1970 she received Doctor of Philosophy degree at Harvard University.
Elaine Hedges began her career as an educator, first at Wellesley College in 1954, followed by a stint at the University of California in Berkeley, beginning from 1957 to 1958. She began a lengthy association with Towson State University in 1967, first as an assistant professor and ultimately as co-director of the school’s women’s studies program in 1972, a post she held to 1996.
At the time of her death, Hedges was a Professor Emeritus of English.
During her career, Elaine taught at the Freie Universitat in Berlin, as well as at San Francisco State College and Goucher College. Hedges also lectured in Beijing, China.
Elaine was a member of American Association of University Professors, Modern Language Association of America and American Studies Association.
National Women's Studies Association , United States
National Center Curriculum Transformation Resources on Women , United States
Charlotte Perkins Gilman Society , United States
American Association of University Women , United States
1954 - 1955
American Council of Learned Societies , United States
1978 - 1979
National Endowment for the Humanities , United States
1988 - 1989
Elaine married William Leonard Hedges on June 28, 1956. The couple gave birth to two children — Marietta and James.