Women of Industry and Reform: Shaping the History of Pennsylvania, 1865–1940. By Marion W. Roydhouse


Frequently Pennsylvania history is a tale of two cities: Pittsburgh and Philadelphia. In contrast with this limited perspective, in Women of Industry and Reform Marion Roydhouse presents a statewide analysis of the recent literature on Pennsylvania women. Examining the public and private lives of Pennsylvania women from 1865 to 1940, she includes the voices of women from rural and urban areas, women who worked in heavy industry and light manufacturing, as well as working-class labor organizers and middle-class reformers. The words and thoughts of individual women illuminate and humanize this study.