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Texas Through Women's Eyes : The Twentieth-Century Experience - Judith N. McArthur

Texas Through Women's Eyes

The Twentieth-Century Experience

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Published: 1st September 2010
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Texas women broke barriers throughout the twentieth century, winning the right to vote, expanding their access to higher education, entering new professions, participating fully in civic and political life, and planning their families. Yet these major achievements have hardly been recognized in histories of twentieth-century Texas. By contrast, Texas Through Women's Eyes offers a fascinating overview of women's experiences and achievements in the twentieth century, with an inclusive focus on rural women, working-class women, and women of color.

McArthur and Smith trace the history of Texas women through four eras. They discuss how women entered the public sphere to work for social reforms and the right to vote during the Progressive era (1900-1920); how they continued working for reform and social justice and for greater opportunities in education and the workforce during the Great Depression and World War II (1920-1945); how African American and Mexican American women fought for labor and civil rights while Anglo women laid the foundation for two-party politics during the postwar years (1945-1965); and how second-wave feminists (1965-2000) promoted diverse and sometimes competing goals, including passage of the Equal Rights Amendment, reproductive freedom, gender equity in sports, and the rise of the New Right and the Republican party.

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Introductionp. xi
Social Reform and Suffrage in The Progressive Era, 1900-1920p. 1
Urbanization And Economic Opportunityp. 3
Strikes And Labor Activismp. 5
Education And Professionalismp. 7
Motherhood And Social Housekeepingp. 9
Public Health: Cleaning Up The Food Supplyp. 11
Maternalist Legislation: Child Labor, Compulsory Education, And Mothers' Pensionsp. 13
Claiming Urban Space: Settlement Houses and Prostitution Districtsp. 16
The Boundaries of Racep. 18
Immigration and Revolution in the Borderlandsp. 21
Votes For Womenp. 25
The Politics of Woman Suffragep. 27
Suffrage In Black and Whitep. 31
Suggested Referencesp. 34
Documentsp. 37
Post-Suffrage Politics, Depression, And War, 1920-1945p. 61
Rural Lifep. 61
The New Woman In Politicsp. 65
"Female" Politics And The "Petticoat" Lobbyp. 69
Athletics: Hoop Dreams and Rodeo Queensp. 72
Education and Workp. 74
Women of Color: Discrimination and Protestp. 75
Surviving The Great Depressionp. 81
The New Deal and Womenp. 84
Discrimination In the New Dealp. 88
World War II: The Home Frontp. 92
Women In Uniformp. 95
Conclusion: New Women, Labor Women and Race Womenp. 98
Suggested Referencesp. 100
Documentsp. 103
Conformity, Civil Rights, And Social Protest, 1945-1965p. 137
Gender Roles and the Domestic Idealp. 138
Women At Workp. 141
Civil Rights, Brown: "They Treated Us Like Dumb Mexicans"p. 147
Civil Rights, Black: "You're Not Dirt, No Matter Where They Make You Sit"p. 150
Red Scare Politics and the Minute Womenp. 159
Women and the Rise of the Republican Partyp. 162
Legal Rightsp. 164
Suggested Referencesp. 169
Documentsp. 172
Feminism, Backlash, and Political Culture, 1965-2000p. 195
Title VII and Civil Rights for Womenp. 196
The New Left and Women's Liberationp. 202
Chicana Feminismp. 205
Reproductive Freedomp. 211
The Equal Rights Amendment: For and Againstp. 213
Splintered Sisterhood: The 1977 Houston Women's Conferencep. 217
Aftermath: Women and the New Rightp. 220
Cracking The Glass Ceiling: Women in Electoral Politicsp. 224
Title Ix and Gender Equity In Sportsp. 228
Women In the Workforcep. 231
Family and Personal Life at The End of The Centuryp. 235
Conclusion: Facing Forward, Looking Backp. 237
Suggested Referencesp. 239
Documentsp. 242
Notesp. 271
Indexp. 285
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ISBN: 9780292723030
ISBN-10: 0292723032
Series: Louann Atkins Temple Women & Culture Series
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 328
Published: 1st September 2010
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.2
Weight (kg): 0.65