In Gender and Technology, Professor Anne Dalke asked the class why we thought that some professions (in the United States) were segregated on gender. Several people speculated that this is because of the gender segregation already in place in the United States, so that when the profession came into being as a _profession_ it merely reacted to this segregation. This explanation did not help me make sense of what I read about the female Lowell mill operatives from 1820 through 1840. Harriet Jane Hanson Robinson’s account of working at the mill in the 1820s was full of praise for the independence this fostered in the women who earned money there. She claims that this was not just by opening an opportunity for women to earn money, but also by being surround by their peers and having access to further education and libraries stimulated these women’s ideas. She also talks about how this experience was generally accepted by the rest of society as appropriate labor for these women to do (provided they ceased on marriage). (Loom and Spindle in Stein and Baxter) However, starting in the 1840s, even in the late 1830s, women were being considerable discouraged from working in the mills, indeed, even doing wage work outside of the mills. I did not understand this switch from acceptance to lack of it, in part due to my (false) notion that as time progresses, women’s acceptable roles in the United States have been widening, not shrinking. It seemed to me that if the profession of mill operative had indeed simply been reacting to gender roles in the United States, then it would have continued to be acceptable for women to work in the factories. This made me think that perhaps the industry contributed to creating a more restrictive gender role for women that would force them out of the factory. This paper explores the question of how the textile mills might have or not created gender roles that differed from ones previously.
Examination of key issues of gender. Attention to variety of topics including ethical issues and gender roles, gender-role stereotyping, male and female roles, sexuality, gender roles in non-western and minority cultures and gender roles in United States institutions (e.g., in the nuclear family, religion and the work place).
Immigrants and gender roles : assimilation vs
Examination of key issues of gender. Attention to variety of topics including ethical issues and gender roles, gender-role stereotyping, male and female roles, sexuality, gender roles in non-western and minority cultures, and gender roles in United States institutions (e.g., in the nuclear family, religion, and the work place). (Fall and Spring)
residence in the United States and across immigrant generations
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