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Breadwinners: Working Women and Economic Independence, 1865-1920 (Women in American History)

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Synopsis:

This study of feminist labor reform examines how working women pursued equality by claiming new identities for themselves as citizens and as breadwinners. Lara Vapnek tells the story of American labor feminism from the end of the Civil War through the winning of woman suffrage rights, a period in which working women in the nation's industrializing cities launched a series of campaigns to gain economic equality and political power.

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Focusing particularly on disjunctions between middle-class and working-class women's notions of independence, Vapnek highlights the specific contributions of reformers such as Jennie Collins, Leonora O'Reilly, and Helen Campbell, and organizations such as the National Consumers' League, the Women's Educational and Industrial Union, and the Women's Trade Union League. Locating households as important sites of class conflict, Breadwinners recovers the class and gender politics behind the marginalization of domestic workers in debates over labor reform while documenting the ways in which working-class women raised their voices on their own behalf.

Synopsis:

Recasting the meaning of women's work in the early fight for gender equality

About the Author

Lara Vapnek is an assistant professor of history at St. John's University in Queens, New York.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780252034718
Subtitle:
Working Women and Economic Independence, 1865-1920
Author:
Vapnek, Lara
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Subject:
Women -- Employment -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Working class women -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Labor & Industrial Relations - General
Subject:
Women's Studies - General
Subject:
United States - 19th Century
Subject:
Women's Studies - History
Subject:
United States - 19th Century/Gilded Age
Subject:
United States - 20th Century (1900-1945)
Subject:
Gender Studies-General
Subject:
US History-19th Century
Subject:
Women's Studies
Edition Description:
1st Edition
Series:
Women in American History
Publication Date:
20091028
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
10 photographs
Pages:
232
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.9 in

Related Subjects

Business » Human Resource Management
Business » Management
History and Social Science » US History » 19th Century
History and Social Science » US History » 20th Century » General
History and Social Science » World History » General
Science and Mathematics » History of Science » General

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"Synopsis" by ,

This study of feminist labor reform examines how working women pursued equality by claiming new identities for themselves as citizens and as breadwinners. Lara Vapnek tells the story of American labor feminism from the end of the Civil War through the winning of woman suffrage rights, a period in which working women in the nation's industrializing cities launched a series of campaigns to gain economic equality and political power.

and#160;

Focusing particularly on disjunctions between middle-class and working-class women's notions of independence, Vapnek highlights the specific contributions of reformers such as Jennie Collins, Leonora O'Reilly, and Helen Campbell, and organizations such as the National Consumers' League, the Women's Educational and Industrial Union, and the Women's Trade Union League. Locating households as important sites of class conflict, Breadwinners recovers the class and gender politics behind the marginalization of domestic workers in debates over labor reform while documenting the ways in which working-class women raised their voices on their own behalf.

"Synopsis" by ,
Recasting the meaning of women's work in the early fight for gender equality
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