By Polly Wynn Allen

An research of Charlotte Perkins Gilman" transparent and established method of structure, panorama, and local layout.

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Especially in growing urban areas, commercial household production could no longer compete. As early as the 1830s there were not enough native-born workers willing to toil eleven and twelve hours a day (or longer) for meager wages. 5 By the middle of the nineteenth century, roughly one-third of American women entered the paid labor force on a temporary basis, usually until they married. Only the poorest womenimmigrants, widows, and free blacksengaged in a lifelong effort to make ends meet financially by working outside of their homes.

Club members typically formed themselves into committees on labor, literature, art, drama, politics, education, and home. They prepared historical studies of general civic interest, which they read to each other. In addition to educating themselves, clubwomen organized working girls' societies, ran jail schools, and supported struggling girls' and women's schools and colleges. By the end of the nineteenth century, woman's equal right to a formal education had largely been won, in principle if not in fact.

She died just fourteen months before I was born, and I have had a strong sense of being able almost to touch her historically. Because I am committed to joining forces with others, women and men, who advocate, agitate, and organize to build affordable, appropriate housing, the project of setting forth Gilman's architectural legacy has been both delightful and frustrating. While I have enjoyed the vitality of Gilman's architectural imagination, I have never stopped bemoaning the present lack of women-supporting built environments.

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