Lillian Gilbreth: Redefining Domesticity

Lillian Gilbreth: Redefining Domesticity

by Julie Des Jardins
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Lillian Gilbreth: Redefining Domesticity

Lillian Gilbreth is a stunning example of female ingenuity in the early twentieth century. At a time when women were standard fixtures in the home and barely accepted in many professions, Gilbreth excelled in both spheres, concurrently winning honors as “Engineer of the Year” and “Mother of the Year.” This accessible, engaging introduction to the life of Lillian Gilbreth examines her pivotal role in establishing the discipline of industrial psychology, her work as an engineer of domestic management and home economics, and her role as mother of twelve children—made famous by the book, and later movie, Cheaper by the Dozen. This book examines the life of an exceptional woman who was able to negotiate the divide between the public and domestic spheres and define it on her terms.

About the Lives of American Women series:
Selected and edited by renowned women's historian Carol Berkin, these brief biographies are designed for use in undergraduate courses. Rather than a comprehensive approach, each biography focuses instead on a particular aspect of a women's life that is emblematic of her time, or which made her a pivotal figure in the era. The emphasis is on a “good read,” featuring accessible writing and compelling narratives, without sacrificing sound scholarship and academic integrity. Primary sources at the end of each biography reveal the subject's perspective in her own words. Study questions and an annotated bibliography support the student reader.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780813347639
Publisher: Avalon Publishing
Publication date: 09/25/2012
Series: Lives of American Women Series
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 192
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Foreword ix

Author's Preface xi

1 Lillie Moller's Victorian World, 1878-1895 1

2 College and Adventure: The Sensibilities of a New Woman, 1896-1904 17

3 The Gilbreths' Brand of Companionate Marriage, 1904-1908 36

4 Scientific Management and the Human Element in the Progressive Age, 1909-1911 52

5 Dailiness in Providence, 1912-1916 70

6 Battles on the Home Front and War Front, 1916-1918 84

7 Montclair: An Experiment in Science and Domesticity, 1919-1924 98

8 The Widow: Sexism and Breadwinning, 1924-1928 113

9 Systematizing Women's Operations During the Depression, 1929-1939 128

Afterword: Domesticity on Her Terms 144

Primary Sources: Gilbreth Management Desk Brochure 153

Study Questions 159

Notes and Bibliography 160

Index 167

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