Choose one of the two questions below and write a full, detailed and complete answer (should be at least three full paragraphs). Make sure that you support your statements with details from our readings and lectures.
- Compare the experiences of immigrant women who settled in the agricultural Midwest with those who settled in cities. How did their lives compare and/or differ? In which setting would the women have found it easier to maintain cultural traditions? In which setting would the women have experienced greater economic and social freedom?
- In the context of the early 20th century (1900-1920) what does it mean when we say when something is being “feminized”? How could a job or profession be “feminized”? How did this change impact the lives of both men and women?