Chapter 2. The Changing Status of Women 1900–1950

  1. John T. Matthews Professor
  1. Nancy Woloch

Published Online: 5 MAY 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310726.ch2

A Companion to the Modern American Novel 1900-1950

A Companion to the Modern American Novel 1900-1950

How to Cite

Woloch, N. (2009) The Changing Status of Women 1900–1950, in A Companion to the Modern American Novel 1900-1950 (ed J. T. Matthews), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444310726.ch2

Editor Information

  1. Boston University, USA

Author Information

  1. Barnard College, Columbia University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 5 MAY 2009
  2. Published Print: 3 APR 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780631206873

Online ISBN: 9781444310726

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Keywords:

  • changing status of women;
  • women, moving into retail sales and teaching;
  • textile workforce, clothing and food production;
  • domestic workers - maids, laundresses, cooks, companions, waitresses, and nurses;
  • black women migrants - cooks, laundresses, scrubwomen, maids;
  • middle-class women - education, career, and social reform;
  • women's activism in progressive-era public life;
  • National American Woman Suffrage Association (NAWSA);
  • Jazz age and Harlem renaissance

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Workers, Migrants, and Immigrants

  • Middle-Class Women: Education, Career, and Social Reform

  • Winning the Vote

  • The 1920s: Jazz Age and Harlem Renaissance

  • The Great Depression and the New Deal

  • Women and World War II

  • Postwar Women: Mixed Messages

  • African-American Women at Mid-Century

  • Looking Ahead

  • References and Further Reading