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What a woman ought to be and to do [electronic resource] : Black professional women workers during the Jim Crow era / Stephanie J. Shaw.

By: Shaw, Stephanie J. (Stephanie Jo), 1955-.
Material type: TextTextSeries: Women in culture and society: Publisher: Chicago : University of Chicago Press, 1996Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 347 p.).ISBN: 9780226751306 (electronic bk.); 0226751309 (electronic bk.).Subject(s): African American women in the professions -- History | BUSINESS & ECONOMICS -- Labor | POLITICAL SCIENCE -- Labor & Industrial Relations | Weibliche Schwarze | Berufst�atigkeit | Geschichte | USA | United States -- HistoryGenre/Form: Electronic books.Additional physical formats: Print version:: What a woman ought to be and to do.DDC classification: 331.4/089/96073 Online resources: EBSCOhost
Contents:
Foreword / Catharine R. Stimpson -- 1. "Aim always to attain excellence in character and culture": Child-rearing strategies -- 2. "The daughters of our community coming up": Developing community consciousness -- 3. "We are not educating individuals but manufacturing levers": Schooling reinforcements -- 4. "I am teaching school here ... [but] I find it rather hard ... with my housekeeping": Private sphere work -- 5. "It was time ... that we should be members": Personal professional work -- 6. "Working for my race in one way or another ever since I was a grown woman": Public sphere work.
Summary: In a highly original study of women, race, and class, Stephanie J. Shaw takes us into the inner world of black professional women during the Jim Crow era. This is a story of struggle and empowerment, of the strength of a group of women who worked against daunting odds to improve the world for themselves and their people. Shaw's remarkable research into the lives of social workers, librarians, nurses, and teachers from the 1870s through the 1950s allows us to hear these women's voices for the first time. The women tell us, in their own words, about their families, their values, their expectations. We learn of the forces and factors that made them exceptional, and of the choices and commitments that made them leaders in their communities.Summary: What a Woman Ought to Be and to Do brings to life a world in which African-American families, communities, and schools worked to encourage the self-confidence, individual initiative, and social responsibility of girls. Shaw shows us how, in a society that denied black women full professional status, these girls embraced and in turn defined an ideal of "socially responsible individualism" that balanced private and public sphere responsibilities. A collective portrait of character shaped in the toughest circumstances, this book is more than a study of the socialization of these women as children and the organization of their work as adults. It is also a study of leadership - of how African American communities gave their daughters the power to succeed in and change a hostile world.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 245-332) and index.

Foreword / Catharine R. Stimpson -- 1. "Aim always to attain excellence in character and culture": Child-rearing strategies -- 2. "The daughters of our community coming up": Developing community consciousness -- 3. "We are not educating individuals but manufacturing levers": Schooling reinforcements -- 4. "I am teaching school here ... [but] I find it rather hard ... with my housekeeping": Private sphere work -- 5. "It was time ... that we should be members": Personal professional work -- 6. "Working for my race in one way or another ever since I was a grown woman": Public sphere work.

In a highly original study of women, race, and class, Stephanie J. Shaw takes us into the inner world of black professional women during the Jim Crow era. This is a story of struggle and empowerment, of the strength of a group of women who worked against daunting odds to improve the world for themselves and their people. Shaw's remarkable research into the lives of social workers, librarians, nurses, and teachers from the 1870s through the 1950s allows us to hear these women's voices for the first time. The women tell us, in their own words, about their families, their values, their expectations. We learn of the forces and factors that made them exceptional, and of the choices and commitments that made them leaders in their communities.

What a Woman Ought to Be and to Do brings to life a world in which African-American families, communities, and schools worked to encourage the self-confidence, individual initiative, and social responsibility of girls. Shaw shows us how, in a society that denied black women full professional status, these girls embraced and in turn defined an ideal of "socially responsible individualism" that balanced private and public sphere responsibilities. A collective portrait of character shaped in the toughest circumstances, this book is more than a study of the socialization of these women as children and the organization of their work as adults. It is also a study of leadership - of how African American communities gave their daughters the power to succeed in and change a hostile world.

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What a woman ought to be and to do by Shaw, Stephanie J. ©1996
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