That History Day Guy

October 13, 2008

Where my Feminist At?

Filed under: Topics — historydayguy @ 9:25 pm

OK. I have an Individual in History that will rock your Kitchen. She is a sister to a famous novelist and daughter of a famous evangelist but she is her own woman! She is Katherine Beecher. Katherine, sister to Harriet Beecher Stowe, was an advocate for women’s education, abolition, and had an insightful view on how to educate the young. She worked tirelessly to extol the virtues of domestic life and empowered women in their work, and encouraged those who thought they could only marry and have kids.

Now, she still towed a party line of subservience to men in many regards. Her Treatise on the Home Economy takes a strike at the view that women’s work was somehow less important, demanding, or relevant than the work of men. She challenged the status quo and provided women the moral emphasis to undertake the rearing of the next generation to strengthen our very culture.

She is at once keeping women in the kitchen and getting them into the work place. She started many schools for women, helped them take their place as the norm in schools ( in place of ill trained men who often lacked a career, and were only teaching because they had no other options) and took their sphere out of the realm of secondary importance.

Now remember this is history, so I could be totally wrong here. But if you want to take on an individual who is very much an enigma (Katherine never had children or owned her own home) then this is your woman!


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