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Women's Suffrage

Over the years home economics has received a reputation as confining women to the home, while the movement for women's suffrage has been viewed as liberating women from the home. However, the Progressive Era movements for home economics and women's suffrage both had shared a common mission: to improve the condition of women in American society. Consequently, during the first quarter of the 20th century, leaders of the home economics and suffrage movements corresponded: sharing tactics and ideas, as well as publicly promoting each other's causes.

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