Mother-Work: Women, Child Welfare, and the State, 1890-1930
by Molly Ladd-Taylor
University of Illinois Press, 1994
Cloth: 978-0-252-02044-5 | Paper: 978-0-252-06482-1
Library of Congress Classification HV741.L33 1994
Dewey Decimal Classification 362.710973

ABOUT THIS BOOK | AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY
ABOUT THIS BOOK
Early in the twentieth century, maternal and child welfare evolved from a private family responsibility into a matter of national policy. In Mother-Work, Molly Ladd-Taylor explores both the private and public aspects of child-rearing, using the relationship between them to cast new light on the histories of motherhood, the welfare state, and women's activism in the United States.
She argues that mother-work, "women's unpaid work of reproduction
and caregiving," motivated women's public activism and "maternalist"
ideology. Mothering experiences led women to become active in the development of public health, education, and welfare services. In turn, the advent of these services altered mothering in many ways, including by reducing the infant mortality rate.
 

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