Washington DC Book Group: The Secret History of Home Economics
Sunday, October 10
5:00 – 7:30 p.m. ET
Free: Attendees are asked to bring a potluck food contribution.
In-person meeting with requirement for full COVID vaccination.
Please RSVP in advance. The meeting will be at a private home in Bethesda, Maryland, and further details will be sent about one week prior.
For further information, please contact Don Bieniewicz, MS ’75, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This month’s selection is The Secret History of Home Economics: How Trailblazing Women Harnessed the Power of Home and Changed the Way We Live, by Danielle Dreilinger. The term “home economics” may conjure bad memories of sewing pillows or baking muffins, but this common conception obscures the story of the revolutionary science of better living. The field exploded opportunities for women in the 20th century by reducing domestic work and providing jobs as professors, engineers, chemists and businesspeople. This book tells the unexpected story of how home economics began as an intellectual haven for smart women―white as well as Black―who were otherwise blocked from studying science. This book argues that this field of study should be restored to its proper place in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education for all.