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Domestic Labor and Home Economics

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Start your research on Domestic Labor and Home Economics with this guide. 

For the purposes of this guide, we have used the following definitions of Domestic Labor and Home Economics:

Domestic Labor: Domestic Labor is a concept within Feminist Theory that includes paid work, unpaid work, and emotional labor that occurs in the home. This guide contains material from Schlesinger Library holdings about women who did such work in a variety of contexts and women who studied such work, as well as the publications that analyzed domestic labor or provided advice for how to do it.

The material related to Domestic Labor in this guide was found by performing a "keywords anywhere" search in HOLLIS for phrases like "housework," as well as "domestic servants," "domestic work," "maids," "housemaids," and "homemaking."

Home Economics: The International Federation for Home Economics defines Home Economics as a field of study and profession that is "considered the original field of research on economic, social, and ecological aspects of everyday living." This guide contains material from Schlesinger Library holdings about women and organizations that worked within that field, as well as material related to guiding people through everyday household management topics. 

The material related to Home Economics in this guide was found by performing a "keywords anywhere" search in HOLLIS for phrases such as "housekeeping," and "home economics," as well as some narrower search terms such as "housewife" and "housewives," and "household management."

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This guide was originally posted by Teddy Schneider.