Daily Life of Women in the Progressive Era, 1st Edition

  • Kirstin Olsen
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  • ISBN-10: 1440863296
  • ISBN-13: 9781440863295
  • DDC: 305.40973
  • 472 Pages | eBook
  • Original Copyright 2019 | Published/Released September 2019
  • This publication's content originally published in print form: 2019

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The political and social change of the Progressive Era brought conflicts over labor, women's rights, consumerism, religion, sexuality, and many other aspects of American life. As Americans argued and fought over suffrage and political reform, vast changes were also taking place in women's professional, material, personal, recreational, and intellectual lives. This book brings to life the everyday experiences, priorities, and challenges of women in America's Progressive Era (ca. 1890-1920). Includes the barnstorming bloomer girls who showed America that women could play baseball; film star, tycoon, and co-founder of the Academy of Motion Pictures Mary Pickford; the highly skilled Hello Girls - telephone operators who helped win World War I; the remarkable journalist and civil rights activist Ida Wells-Barnett; and other women who led both famous and ordinary lives that were shaped by and helped to drive the dramatic social change taking place during the Progressive Era.

Table of Contents

Front Cover.
Half Title Page.
Other Frontmatter.
Title Page.
Copyright Page.
Introduction: “Maidenhood, Wifehood, and Motherhood”.
Timeline of Events.
Domestic Life: “She Has Become a Woman”.
1: Emelyn Lincoln Coolidge, M.D., “The Young Mother in the Home: How One Mother with Five Children Regulates Her Day” (1907).
2: Kathleen Norris, The Treasure (1914).
3: Emma Duke, Infant Mortality (1915).
Economic Life: “Working … Since I Knowed What Work Was”.
4: Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Women and Economics (1898).
5: A Negro Nurse, “More Slavery at the South” (1912).
Intellectual Life: “The Ladies’ Course”.
6: Elizabeth Cady Stanton, “Solitude of Self: Address Delivered by Mrs. Stanton Before the Committee of the Judiciary of the United States Congress” (1892).
7: G. Stanley Hall, “The Ideal School as Based on Child Study” (1901).
Material Life: “Life in a Cottage”.
8: W. O. Atwater and Charles D. Woods, Dietary Studies with Reference to the Food of the Negro in Alabama (1897).
9: Arthur Goss, Dietary Studies in New Mexico in 1895 (1899).
10: Mrs. Burton Kingsland, The Book of Weddings (1907).
11: 4. “Home and Farm,” The Herald and Presbyter (1919).
Political Life: “Shall I Fold Some More Leaflets?”.
12: Frances Willard, Address Before the Second Biennial Convention of the World'S Woman'S Temperance Union (1893).
13: L. Frank Baum, The Land of Oz (1904).
14: Jane Addams, “The Modern City and the Municipal Franchise for Women” (1906).
15: M., “Women Do Not Want the Vote Despite Cry of Suffragists” (1912).
16: Emma Goldman, “Woman Suffrage” (1917).
17: Margaret Murray Washington, “Club Work Among Negro Women” (1920).
18: Doris Stevens, Jailed for Freedom (1920).
Recreational Life: “I Am Very Fond of … All Sorts of Pleasure”.
19: Senda Berenson, “The Significance of Basket Ball for Women” (1901).
20: “At the Social Settlement Saturday Night Dance, Back of the Yards. In the Dance Halls,” Chicago Tribune (1910).
Religious Life: “A Most Active and Potent Factor in the Churches”.
21: C. H. Yatman, “Scripture for Women” and “Good Women,” The Christian Herald and Signs of Our Times (1892 and 1893).
22: Mary Cagle, “My Call to the Ministry” (1905).
About the Author.