Coming Out of the Kitchen: Women Beyond the Home

Coming Out of the Kitchen: Women Beyond the Home

by Una A. Robertson
     
 
Until relatively recently, it was generally assumed that marriage was the only career for a woman, after which she was confined to the home, immersed in her domestic duties. In fact, as this new book clearly reveals, there were numerous women who, with minimal education, little financial independence, and only basic domestic skills, pursued active roles in the world

Overview

Until relatively recently, it was generally assumed that marriage was the only career for a woman, after which she was confined to the home, immersed in her domestic duties. In fact, as this new book clearly reveals, there were numerous women who, with minimal education, little financial independence, and only basic domestic skills, pursued active roles in the world outside the home. These roles were many and varied: writers, teachers, hostesses, entertainers, artists, photographers, translators, missionaries, astronomers, nurses, botanists, nannies, travelers, governesses, designers, gardeners, campaigners, and explorers, to name but a few. Some well-known examples are featured here, such as Mrs. Beeton, Nancy Astor, Lillie Langtry, Emmeline Pankhurst, Jane Austen, Beatrice Webb, Lady Anne Clifford, Annie Besant, Mary Wollstonecraft, Gertrude Jekyll, Beatrix Potter, Celia Fiennes, and Amy Johnson; but there were many others quietly earning a living, working on behalf of the less fortunate or actively campaigning against social injustice, who have been hidden from history. An illuminating and complementary sequel to The Illustrated History of the Housewife, Una Robertson's new book contributes much to a balanced understanding of women's history over the last 300 years.

Editorial Reviews

This England
This is a truly fascinating study...an acutely observed and highly enjoyable piece of social history."
Booknews
A freelance historian celebrates three centuries of famous and until now unsung UK women who applied skills learned as "kitchen professionals" in the once exclusive male public sphere. The illustrations are intriguingly diverse: e.g., a collection of female- authored cookbooks, women employees of Edinburgh shops in the early 1900s, a statue commemorating the acclaimed actress Sarah Siddons (d. 1831), a portrait of largely self-taught mathematician- astronomer Mary Somerville (d. 1872), and women workers during World Wars I and II. Robertson wrote , and lectured at the U. of Edinburgh. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780312238247
Publisher:
Palgrave Macmillan
Publication date:
12/01/1900
Pages:
226
Product dimensions:
6.13(w) x 9.25(h) x (d)

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Una A. Robertson is a freelance historian and has lectured on Social and Domestic Topics for the Continuing Education Department, University of Edinburgh.

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