The secret history of home economics : how trailblazing women harnessed the power of home and changed the way we live (eAudiobook, 2021) [WorldCat.org]
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The secret history of home economics : how trailblazing women harnessed the power of home and changed the way we live

Author: Danielle Dreilinger; Rachel Perry
Publisher: [Minneapolis, MN] : HighBridge Audio, [2021]
Edition/Format:   eAudiobook : Biography : English : UnabridgedView all editions and formats
Summary:
The term "home economics" may conjure traumatic memories of lopsided hand-sewn pillows or sunken muffins. But common conception obscures 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. And it has something to teach us today. In the  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Downloadable audio books
Audiobooks
Biographies
History
Biography
Material Type: Biography, Audio book, etc., Sound recording, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File, Sound Recording
All Authors / Contributors: Danielle Dreilinger; Rachel Perry
ISBN: 9781696605328 1696605326
OCLC Number: 1262132125
Performer(s): Read by Rachel Perry.
Description: 1 online resource (1 audio file (11 hr., 24 min., 36 sec.))
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.
Responsibility: Danielle Dreilinger.

Abstract:

The term "home economics" may conjure traumatic memories of lopsided hand-sewn pillows or sunken muffins. But common conception obscures 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. And it has something to teach us today. In the surprising, often fiercely feminist, and always fascinating The Secret History of Home Economics, Danielle Dreilinger traces the field's history from Black colleges to Eleanor Roosevelt to Okinawa, from a Betty Crocker brigade to DIY techies. These women-and they were mostly women-became chemists and marketers, studied nutrition, health, and exercise, tested parachutes, created astronaut food, and took bold steps in childhood development and education. 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 women of color who were influential leaders and innovators. She also looks at the personal lives of home economics' women, as they chose to be single, share lives with other women, or try for egalitarian marriages

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