The Common Ground of Womanhood: Class, Gender and Working Girls' Clubs, 1884-1928 / Edition 1

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Where is the "common ground of womanhood"? In a unique and highly nuanced study of previously unexplored cross-class alliances, Priscilla Murolo charts the shifting points of consensus and conflict among working women and their genteel club sponsors, working women and their male counterparts, and working women of differing ethnic backgrounds. The working girls' club movement lasted from the 188os, when women poured into the industrial labor force, into the 1920s. Clubs initially were governed by upper-class women, and activities converged around standards of "respectability" and the defense and uplift of the character of women who worked for wages. Later, the workers themselves presided over the clubs, at which point the focus shifted to issues of labor reform, women's rights, and sisterhood across class lines. This valuable and lucid study of the club movement's trajectory throws new light on broader trends in the history of women's alliances, social reform, gender conventions, and worker organizing.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780252066290
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press
  • Publication date: 8/28/1997
  • Series: Women in American History Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Daughters of Labor 9
2 Quests for Respectability, Demands for Respect 23
3 Patrons and Friends 37
4 The Woman Question 55
5 The Labor Question 77
6 Labor Reform 100
7 Disintegration 121
Conclusion 145
App. 1 New York Association of Working Girls' Societies: Program, 1889-90 153
App. 2 Practical Talks at the 38th Street Society 155
App. 3 Club Members' Writing in Far and Near 160
App. 4 Interclub Organizations and Projects: Chronology 168
App. 5 The NLWW Bureaucracy, 1900 and 1918 172
App. 6 Sample Calendars of NLWW Clubs, Fall 1919 174
Notes 177
Bibliography 199
Index 215
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