The Grand Domestic Revolution: A History Of Feminist Designs For American Homes, Neighborhoods, And Cities Dolores Hayden

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The Grand Domestic Revolution: A History Of Feminist Designs For American Homes, Neighborhoods, And Cities  by  Dolores Hayden

The Grand Domestic Revolution: A History Of Feminist Designs For American Homes, Neighborhoods, And Cities by Dolores Hayden
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Long before Betty Friedan wrote about the problem that had no name inThe Feminine Mystique, a group of American feminists whose leaders included MelusinaFay Peirce, Mary Livermore, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman campaigned against womensisolation inMoreLong before Betty Friedan wrote about the problem that had no name inThe Feminine Mystique, a group of American feminists whose leaders included MelusinaFay Peirce, Mary Livermore, and Charlotte Perkins Gilman campaigned against womensisolation in the home and confinement to domestic life as the basic cause of theirunequal position in society.The Grand Domestic Revolution reveals the innovativeplans and visionary strategies of these persistent women, who developed the theoryand practice of what Hayden calls material feminism in pursuit of economicindependence and social equality.

The material feminists ambitious goals ofsocialized housework and child care meant revolutionizing the American home andcreating community services. They raised fundamental questions about therelationship of men, women, and children in industrial society. Hayden analyzes theutopian and pragmatic sources of the feminists programs for domestic reorganizationand the conflicts over class, race, and gender they encountered.This history of alittle-known intellectual tradition challenging patriarchal notions of womensplace and womens work offers a new interpretation of the history of Americanfeminism and a new interpretation of the history of American housing and urbandesign.

Hayden shows how the material feminists political ideology led them todesign physical space to create housewives cooperatives, kitchenless houses, day-care centers, public kitchens, and community dining halls. In their insistencethat women be paid for domestic labor, the material feminists won the support ofmany suffragists and of novelists such as Edward Bellamy and William Dean Howells, who helped popularize their cause.

Ebenezer Howard, Rudolph Schindler, and LewisMumford were among the many progressive architects and planners who promoted thereorganization of housing and neighborhoods around the needs of employed women.Inreevaluating these early feminist plans for the environmental and economictransformation of American society and in recording the vigorous and many-sidedarguments that evolved around the issues they raised, Hayden brings to light basiceconomic and spacial contradictions which outdated forms of housing and inadequatecommunity services still create for American women and for their families.



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