Women's Work in the Long 19th Century


PowerPoints from Class Presentations on Women’s Work

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Doing the Laundry

Examine the sometimes-troublesome interactions between races and classes engaged in the work of commercial laundry service.


Going Shopping

Analyze the transition from the neighborhood shops to department stores, including associated changes in the work of selecting and purchasing items for the home.


Celebrating Christmas

Consider how the middle-class family’s increasing emphasis on holiday activities entailed work for mothers.


Idealizing Domesticity

Review images from popular culture which helped to create an idealized view of middle-class women’s domestic domain.