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Were you a Working Woman, Housewife or Feminist in the 1920's?

Updated on July 29, 2011

1. Do you find yourself dreaming of making a living in the big city, working alongside men?

a. Yes!! All the time.

b. No way, I’d rather stay home and take care of the children.

c. I never want to be alongside men…ugh.

2. Do you plan on having a large family, six children as a minimum?

a. No…I’d rather make a lot of money and live in luxury.

b. Try 10 children! I want to make sure my family name lives on.

c. Maybe someday. Not really trying to follow the footsteps of what men think we should be.

3. During this day and age, which do you look up to most?

a. John D. Rockefeller for sure. He is the richest man in the country- and he did it all by hard work and dedication, building up the Standard Oil Company.

b. I look up to the average woman who looks after her family, cooks, cleans and makes sure her husband is always satisfied.

c. UH, no one is as amazing as the women …people like, Grace Greenwood and Alice Paul. Elizabeth Cady Stanton! Ida B. Wells! Come on people!!

4. How do you feel about women’s rights?

a. Women’s rights are important to me. The main right I think we should have is being able to have the same work opportunities as men. I have joined several Union Labors to try and ensure this. The only one that really accepted me as a woman was the Knights of Labor. It’s most important leader was Terence Powderly.

b. They are dangerous. Women should know their place in the household. Of course we should be treated as equals, but not in the sense of being treated as men. We need to keep our femininity girls!


5. What is your ideal living standard? And where do you most want to live?

a. My ideal living standard is in a nice studio apartment in New York City. I can live on my own, or maybe live with a man if I meet someone special. I would like to be able to get up and go to work every day. But I really don’t think I’d enjoy the smell of horse poop that lines the streets.

b. Somewhere in a nice suburb, or in the country. Very clean. I would keep the house in simple beauty. Have guests over often. Impress them with my perfect family.

c. I will live in the slums if I need to! Wherever my other women activists are, I will be standing by them.

6. What is your biggest goal in life?

a. To be as rich as Rockefeller, Vanderbilt, Morgan and Carnegie all combined.

b. To bear as many children as my body allows.

c. To be able to vote.

7. What event in history stands out to you most?

a. The Pullman Strike. I respect what they did to fight for their working rights. What happened was a nationwide conflict between labor unions and railroads that occurred in the United States in 1894. The conflict began in the town of Pullman, Illinois on May 11 when approximately 3,000 employees of the Pullman Palace Car Company began a strike in response to recent reductions in wages

b. Hmmm, I’m not sure. I don’t really follow the papers. I like the gossip though!

c. One of the most interesting things that have happened has been the Munn v. Illinois case. I may not be on the particular side of the farmers in the case, but in March of 1877 the Supreme Court upheld the Granger Laws in response to the Grange's persistent lobbying on behalf of farmers, the state of Illinois had begun to regulate rates charged by railroads and grain elevators. It makes me feel hopeful that someday the Supreme Court will rule in favor of women everywhere.

8. What has been your biggest disappointment in our country?

a. My biggest disappointment is that the government is too blind to see that I can work as hard as any other man on the factory line. Let me build a Ford!

b. I’d have to say, my biggest disappointment are the ridiculous feminists who are making us women look bad. Just keep things the same way, thank you.

c. Oh come on. Women’s rights are just out of control. We have nothing.

9. Do you consider yourself your own woman?

a. Yes of course I am. I want to be self-reliant.

b. Yes. I take care of my family.

c. Yes. I don’t need anyone but myself.

10.How do you respond to this quote: "Today, production is left to anarchy, and only tyranny, the twin sister of anarchy, is organized."
— Socialist Leader Daniel De Leon on the need for government management of the economy, 1896

a. I have to say that I completely agree with Daniel De Leon. Although I don’t believe in his socialist ideas. I believe men think they own the factories, and all of the work places, and I think it’s time to realize that US women are perfect for the office! And not just as secretaries!

b. I don’t really understand it.

c. I don’t agree with anything men say.

If you have mostly A’s than you are a…Working Woman!

You believe in having equal rights for women in the workplace. You joined labor Unions such as the Knights of Labor, and you tried to join the American Federation of Labor but they didn’t normally accept women. You took care of things while the men were away fighting in the Civil War, and you did a damn good job! You believe you should still be able to attain a job anywhere a man can get one! You are one tough cookie when it came to living in the Gilded Age! Maybe you would have married someone like Vanderbilt to get ahead in life, just to rob him all of his money and become rich yourself!

If you have mostly B’s, you are a…Housewife!

You are the all-American housewife. You are old fashioned when it comes to the way a woman should behave in all aspects of her life. You think a family is the number one priority as well as keeping your husband happy and satisfied. You would have wanted to relax and have plenty of leisure time on the weekends during the Gilded Age.

If you have mostly C’s, you are a…feminist!

You are all woman, my friend. You fought for women’s rights all over the country. Could a man have more brains than us? NO! Could a man have more capabilities than us? NO WAY! You fought hard to reach goals that women before you had been attempting to do for as long as they lived. Your idol is someone like Elizabeth Cady Stanton. Husbands and children were not on your list of priorities.


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