New Paths to Power: American Women 1890-1920 (Young Oxford History of Women in the United States)

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In the 30 years from 1890 to 1920--a period known as the Progressive Era--American women began to demand greater participation in the country's public and economic life than they had ever previously had. They sought, and won, both more freedom and more responsibility. Girls and women (many of them immigrants or the daughters of immigrants) swelled the growing ranks of wage earners and of high school and college students. African-American women, even in the racially divided South, increasingly became teachers or owners of small businesses. Other women, working through clubs and voluntary organizations, pressured government and businesses for reform. Following leaders such as suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt, birth control pioneer Margaret Sanger, black journalist Ida B. Wells, and social worker Jane Addams, women made significant personal and social gains. In 1920, after a 72 year struggle, they won the right to vote. Karen Manners Smith notes that even though the Progressive Era did not bring women full equality, it was nevertheless a time when an unprecedented number of women began to find New Paths to Power and fulfillment.

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Karen Manners Smith teaches American women's history at Emporia State University in Kansas.

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Grade 7 Up?An Unfinished Battle discusses the lives of slaves, women on the frontier, and early factory workers as well as the rise of educated females breaking ground in fields such as medicine and literature. Sigerman shows how the women's movement grew and its connections to both the abolition and temperance movements. The last chapter discusses women and the Civil War. In New Paths to Power, Smith discusses the effect of emerging technologies and the study of domestic science on women in the home. She contrasts the role of middle-class women with that of immigrants and other poor people who did domestic, factory, and other manual work. Discussing how opportunities for education and employment widened after the turn of the century, she highlights several figures such as Jane Addams and Isadora Duncan. She also focuses on the suffrage movement, ending with the passage of the 19th amendment. Both authors lay out the story of women's lives and accomplishments within the context of political and social history. The books are clearly written and cover a breadth of material in an interesting and understandable style. Black-and-white historical drawings and photographs significantly enrich the texts. While there have been a number of other titles on women in America, none includes the detail provided here. Very useful for students, but interesting reading for personal study as well.?Jane Gardner Connor, South Carolina State Library, Columbia
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