Gender and Rural Modernity

Un libro in lingua di Jones Elizabeth B. edito da Ashgate Pub Co, 2009

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The adage "man works from sun to sun; woman's work is never done" is particularly true of women who work on farms. In this study of farmwomen, labor and politics in Germany from 1871-1933, Jones (history, Colorado State University) describes the overwhelming burden of work that farm wives and female farm workers carried. While it was acknowledged that women did most of the farm work as well as maintaining a household and raising children, no real effort was made to improve their lot. With increased opportunities for work in towns and factories, farm daughters and hired workers, called Maegde, deserted in droves. Despite government restrictions on leaving farm work and pleas that women continue to sacrifice for the good of the country, women spoke out against the unequal division of labor. Jones traces the lives of these women through World War I, the Weimer Republic and the rise of the Nazis. Nazi promises to honor farm women and alleviate their load gave the party much support in the early elections. However, all the German governments found that they could do little to help these women, who took it upon themselves to escape the drudgery of farm work. Jones gives a fascinating portrait of "history from the margins" showing both the determination of women to help themselves and the desperation of governments that needed their work but either couldn't or wouldn't improve their lot. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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