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The advent of modern agribusiness irrevocably changed the patterns of life and labor on the American family farm. In Entitled to Power, Katherine Jellison examines midwestern farm women's unexpected response to new labor-saving devices.

Federal farm policy at mid-century treated farm women as consumers, not producers. New technologies, as promoted by agricultural extension agents and by home appliance manufacturers, were expected to create separate spheres of work in the field and in the house. These innovations, however, enabled women to work as operators of farm machinery or independently in the rural community. Jellison finds that many women preferred their productive roles on and off the farm to the domestic ideal emphasized by contemporary prescriptive literature. A variety of visual images of farm women from advertisements and agricultural publications serve to contrast the publicized view of these women with the roles that they chose for themselves. The letters, interviews, and memoirs assembled by Jellison reclaim the many contributions women made to modernizing farm life.

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Jellison (history, Ohio U.) explores how women in the rural American midwest reacted to the introduction of machinery into farming between World War I and the Vietnam War. They didn't respond as they were expected to, or as most people still assume they did: facing a choice between driving a vacuum cleaner or driving a tractor, they often chose the tractor, where the money was to be made. It has been harder since then to keep up the image of farming as a guy's job. Paper edition (unseen), $13.95.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780807844151
Author:
Jellison, Katherine
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
Location:
Chapel Hill :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Agriculture & Animal Husbandry
Subject:
History
Subject:
Industries
Subject:
Minority Studies
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
Subject:
Sociology, rural
Subject:
Women in agriculture
Subject:
Rural women
Subject:
Sociology, Rural -- United States.
Subject:
Industries - General
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
agribusiness; family farm; women; labor; agriculture; rural /
Subject:
agribusiness
Subject:
family farm
Subject:
Women
Subject:
Labor
Subject:
Agriculture
Subject:
Rural
Subject:
Business Writing
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Gender and American Culture Paperback
Series Volume:
no. 92-2
Publication Date:
19930924
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9.3 x 6 in

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