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The secret history of home economics : how trailblazing women harnessed the power of home and changed the way we live / Danielle Dreilinger.

Author/Creator:
Dreilinger, Danielle, author.
Publication:
New York, NY : W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., [2021]
Format/Description:
Book
xv, 348 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24cm
Edition:
First edition.
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Subjects:
Home economists -- United States -- Biography.
Housekeepers -- United States -- Biography.
Women scientists -- United States -- Biography.
Home economics -- United States -- History.
Home economics.
Home economists.
Housekeepers.
Women scientists.
United States.
Form/Genre:
Biographies.
History.
Summary:
"The surprising, often fiercely feminist, always fascinating, yet barely known, history of home economics. The term "home economics" may conjure traumatic memories of lopsided hand-sewn pillows or sunken cakes. But obscured by common conception is the story of the revolutionary science of better living. The field exploded opportunities for women in the twentieth century by reducing domestic work and providing jobs as professors, engineers, chemists, and businesspeople that were otherwise foreclosed. In The Secret History of Home Economics, Danielle Dreilinger traces the field's history from small farms to the White House, from Victorian suffragists to Palo Alto techies. Home economics followed the currents of American culture even as it shaped them; Dreilinger brings forward the racism within the movement along with the strides taken by Black women who were influential leaders and innovators. She also looks at the personal lives of home economics' women, as they chose being single, shared lives with women, or tried for egalitarian marriages. This groundbreaking and engaging history restores a maligned subject to its rightful importance"-- Provided by publisher.
Contents:
Everything you know about home economics is wrong
The road to home economics
The Lake Placid Conference
Food will win the war
Perhaps it wasn't really a man's job after all
It's up to the women
Clothes moths work for Hitler
From coveralls to housecoats
The iron fist in the oven mitt
Selling Mrs. Housewife
New directions
New homemakers build the future
Beyond stitching and stirring
Addressing the enemy
Home economics at risk
What would Ellen do?
How to bring back home ec.
Notes:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
ISBN:
9781324004493
1324004495
9781324004509
OCLC:
1196174367