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In Women and the Everyday City, Jessica Ellen Sewell explores the lives of women in turn-of-the-century San Francisco. A period of transformation of both gender roles and American cities, she shows how changes in the city affected women's ability to negotiate shifting gender norms as well as how women's increasing use of the city played a critical role in the campaign forIn Women and the Everyday City, Jessica Ellen Sewell explores the lives of women in turn-of-the-century San Francisco. A period of transformation of both gender roles and American cities, she shows how changes in the city affected women's ability to negotiate shifting gender norms as well as how women's increasing use of the city played a critical role in the campaign for women's suffrage.Focusing on women's everyday use of streetcars, shops, restaurants, and theaters, Sewell reveals the impact of women on these public places-what women did there, which women went there, and how these places were changed in response to women's presence. Using the diaries of three women in San Francisco-Annie Haskell, Ella Lees Leigh, and Mary Eugenia Pierce, who wrote extensively on their everyday experiences-Sewell studies their accounts of day trips to the city and combines them with memoirs, newspapers, maps, photographs, and her own observations of the buildings that exist today to build a sense of life in San Francisco at this pivotal point in history. Working at the nexus of urban history, architectural history, and cultural geography, Women and the Everyday City offers a revealing portrait of both a major American city during its early years and the women who shaped it-and the country-for generations to come....

Title : Women and the Everyday City: Public Space in San Francisco, 1890–1915
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ISBN : 9780816669738
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 280 Pages
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  • Elaine
    2018-11-18 13:37

    Fascinating book. Sewell looks at the use of public space as women began to fight more and more publicly for their rights. Taking the San Francisco suffrage movement as an example, she looks at how the 1896 campaign -- dominated by society ladies -- would hold "Parlor Meetings," in elite homes to organize for the suffrage campaign. By the time of the 1911 campaign -- post-earthquake San Francisco -- many working class, poor and immigrant women got involved, mainly through their unions. They had a completely different relationship to public spaces, so the movement itself moved out of the parlors and into the union halls, rented theaters, and streets. I don't know if urban development has been looked at through the gender lens in other cities, but if it hasn't I bet that Sewell has started a trend. This is an innovative way to look at gender politics and geography. I think she is really on to something. I selected this book to read for a research project, but I found myself completely drawn in to her history and analysis -- and I loved this book!