Lillian Gilbreth: Redefining Domesticity by Julie Des JardinsLillian Gilbreth: Redefining Domesticity by Julie Des Jardins

Lillian Gilbreth: Redefining Domesticity

byJulie Des Jardins

Paperback | September 25, 2012

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Lillian Gilbreth is a stunning example of female ingenuity in the early twentieth century. At a time when women were standard fixtures in the home and barely accepted in many professions, Gilbreth excelled in both spheres, concurrently winning honors as 'Engineer of the Year' and 'Mother of the Year'. This accessible, engaging introduction to the life of Lillian Gilbreth examines her pivotal role in establishing the discipline of industrial psychology, her work as an engineer of domestic management and home economics, and her role as mother of twelve children - made famous by the book, and later movie, Cheaper by the Dozen. This book examines the life of an exceptional woman who was able to negotiate the divide between the public and domestic spheres and define it on her terms.

About the Lives of American Women series: selected and edited by renowned women's historian Carol Berkin, these brief biographies are designed for use in undergraduate courses. Rather than a comprehensive approach, each biography focuses instead on a particular aspect of a women's life that is emblematic of her time, or which made her a pivotal figure in the era. The emphasis is on a 'good read' featuring accessible writing and compelling narratives, without sacrificing sound scholarship and academic integrity. Primary sources at the end of each biography reveal the subject's perspective in her own words. Study questions and an annotated bibliography support the student reader.

Julie Des Jardinsis professor of history at Baruch College. She has published two books,Women and the Historical Enterprise in America: Gender, Race, and the Politics of Memory, 1880–1945andThe Madame Curie Complex: The Hidden History of Women in Science.Series EditorCarol Berkinis a well-known women's historian and the author of many ...
Title:Lillian Gilbreth: Redefining DomesticityFormat:PaperbackDimensions:194 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.68 inPublished:September 25, 2012Publisher:Taylor and FrancisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0813347637

ISBN - 13:9780813347639


Table of Contents


1 Lillie Moller’s Victorian World, 1878–1895

2 College and Adventure
The Sensibilities of a New Woman, 1896–1904

3 The Gilbreths’ Brand of Companionate Marriage, 1904–1908

4 Scientific Management and the Human Element in the Progressive Age, 1909–1911

5 Dailiness in Providence, 1912–1916

6 Battles on the Home Front and War Front, 1916–1918

7 Montclair
An Experiment in Science and Domesticity, 1919–1924

8 The Widow
Sexism and Breadwinning, 1924–1928

9 Systematizing Women’s Operations During the Depression, 1929–1939

Domesticity on Her Terms

Primary Sources
Gilbreth Management Desk Brochure


Editorial Reviews

"For educators keen to include women in the American story, but hampered by the lack of thoughtful, concise scholarship, here comes ‘Lives of American Women,' embracing Abigail Adams's counsel to John—‘remember the ladies.' And high time, too!"—Lesley S. Herrmann, Executive Director, The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History"These books are, above all, fascinating stories that will engage and inspire readers. They offer a glimpse into the lives of key women in history who either defied tradition or who successfully maneuvered in a man's world to make an impact. The stories of these vital contributors to American history deliver just the right formula for instructors looking to provide a more complicated and nuanced view of history."—Rosanne Lichatin, 2005 Gilder Lehrman Preserve America History Teacher of the Year"Students both in the general survey course and in specialized offerings like my course on U.S. women's history can get a great understanding of an era from a short biography. Learning a lot about a single but complex character really helps to deepen appreciation of what women's lives were like in the past."—Patricia Cline Cohen, University of California, Santa Barbara