Give Us Bread but Give Us Roses

Working Women's Consciousness in the United States, 1890 to the First World War

By Sarah Eisenstein

© 2013 – Routledge

216 pages

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Paperback: 9780415752510
pub: 2014-12-15
Hardback: 9780415625371
pub: 2012-10-10

About the Book

Rooted in the printed sources of the period, this book reconstructs the attitudes of a pioneer generation of young women to the conflicts brought about by their new experience of employment outside their homes, and to changes in work and family relationships. In the 1890s and after the still prevalent Victorian conception of respectable womanhood excluded wage-earning women. Yet working-class women themselves did not acquiesce in this judgement, and Eisenstein’s exploration of Victorian ideas about women and work – using the contemporary middle-class literature of advice and prescription to this new workforce – makes a historical study which is a classic of its kind.

The book was originally published in 1983.

Table of Contents

Part 1: Introductory Essays 1. Introduction Harold Benenson 2. Bread and Roses: Working Women’s Consciousness, 1905-20 Part 2: Essays in the Study of Working Women’s Consciousness 3. The Study of Working Women’s Consciousness 4. Victorian Ideology and Working Women 5. Working Women’s Attitudes Toward Marriage and Work. Appendix. Afterword Nancy Cott

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Women's History

Reissuing seminal works originally published between 1928 and 1992, Routledge Library Editions: Women's History offers a selection of scholarship covering women's roles, gender battles, feminism and other issues through the ages. Topics include women in the World Wars, prostitution in Victorian times, the history of abortion, women's roles in the Stuart era and women's place in the household and in work.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / United States / 20th Century
HISTORY / Modern / 20th Century
HISTORY / Social History