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date: 18 May 2024

Home Economics. 

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The Oxford Encyclopedia Women in World History
Author(s):
Emily WestkaemperEmily Westkaemper

During the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, home economics emerged in the West as an academic discipline and popular genre of prescriptive literature detailing proper home management. Home economists instructed women on everyday tasks including cleaning, cooking, sewing, child care, and consumption. Influenced by the scientific management movement that stressed scheduling and efficiency to maximize profits in late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century factories, home economics positioned women as skilled domestic managers.... ...

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