Young woman pinning a shirt on a dressmaker's dummy, ca. 1954-1957. From the Catherine Filene Strouse Papers. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryYoung woman pinning a shirt on a dressmaker's dummy, ca. 1954-1957. From the Catherine Filene Strouse Papers. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

The Business of Home Economics, Then and Now

November 21, 2019

Home economics has been stereotyped as solely the domain of housewives, but for thousands of 20th-century women, it was very much a business. 

Mrs. Christine Frederick's Housekeepers' Food Guide chart, 1914 (detail). Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryMrs. Christine Frederick's Housekeepers' Food Guide chart, 1914 (detail). Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

Kitchen Efficiency

March 15, 2018

Christine (McGaffey) Frederick, a home economist, developed theories, wrote books, and lectured about bringing scientific management to the home in the early 20th century.

Can of plums sealed by H. M. Queen Elizabeth at the Women's Institute canning facility in Reading University, England. December 1942. Courtesy of Schlesinger LibraryCan of plums sealed by H. M. Queen Elizabeth at the Women's Institute canning facility in Reading University, England. December 1942. Courtesy of Schlesinger Library

A Symbol of a Grateful Nation

March 24, 2016

More than 70 years after the end of World War II, stories of generosity and community spirit continue to inspire modern audiences. Among Grace E. Frysinger’s papers are materials documenting one such moment featuring networks of women on two continents, a queen, a first lady, and a can of plums.

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