This book is not yet featured on Listopia. My sister gave me a copy of this book for Christmas a couple years ago. I get so much amusement out of reading it. It's no great work of literature, obviously, but it is a marvelous time capsule of what it meant to be a young woman in the s, and that is truly fascinating. Nov 07, Alexandria Blaelock rated it really liked it Recommends it for: This book is a very practical how to guide for a young and inexperienced woman thrust into to position of having to manage a home.
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Parts of it, including the basics of household budgeting, are surprisingly relevant today. Nicole rated it it was amazing Apr 12, Lea rated it it was amazing Feb 24, Cynthia Young rated it it was ok Apr 06, Maureen rated it it was amazing Jan 12, Jennifer Walkup rated it did not like it Feb 05, Anne Michalove rated it liked it Apr 21, Judy rated it it was ok Jan 22, Allison rated it did not like it Dec 26, Kate rated it liked it Jan 21, Suzanne rated it did not like it Aug 13, Sherry rated it it was ok Jun 16, Lee Riccetti rated it liked it Apr 26, Abbey rated it liked it Jan 13, Amy Brown rated it really liked it Sep 19, Robbie Fee rated it really liked it May 08, Jeff rated it really liked it Oct 01, Lorraine Herbon rated it liked it Oct 18, Ren Moody rated it liked it Jul 18, Sarah Renfrow rated it it was amazing Jul 02, Hannah McCoy rated it it was amazing Jun 26, Jake rated it really liked it Oct 19, Rachel is currently reading it Dec 04, Nohea added it Mar 21, Lisa Houlihan added it Jan 08, Sarah marked it as to-read Jan 24, Shelley is currently reading it Jul 01, Shelley marked it as to-read Apr 13, Traci marked it as to-read Jan 14, Jennidy Mudilovitch marked it as to-read Feb 15, Worm added it Jul 01, Tanya added it Jul 01, Thomas added it Aug 31, Beecher then goes on to argue that women, specifically housekeepers, have the most astute understanding of morality and religious responsibility because the feels the importance of her influence on both her husband and children.
This awareness of responsibility translates to her concepts of charity and religious piety. Chapter 3 As a remedy to the strain education places on women, Beecher states that women should focus on the domestic education of their daughters, rather than the development of intellect. Also, when daughters are sent to school, there should be an increased focus on physical well-being and recreation.
This education would accentuate the practice of domestic labor, mathematics, and physical calisthenics. All the professors at these institutions would be women. A female institution would ensure the emphasis on the effectiveness of division of labor. These institutions would be much more efficient in educating women in all aspects than the system that was in place at the time.
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Finally, in order to alleviate certain difficulties facing women, society must oppose the concept that work is degrading and not lady-like. The tradition that work was messy and dingy would have to be overcome by a new societal association with work. What power do women yield in society today? What is the relationship between the two?
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What are some of the difficulties that face women today? What is the relationship between the difficulties in each respective time period? Why is this type of relationship necessary for the advancement of society?
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She also tends to assume people in the United States are united in their interests regarding gender and politics. Beecher assumes that the domestic activities of a woman and her attitudes toward them are microcosms of their larger roles in society. Unfortunately, she makes states this with little to no justification.
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