Home Economics as a Natural Vocation
Junior majors of the Department of Home Economics at Milwaukee-Downer College in 1922. According to the image caption, these women were also known as the “Carefree Thirteen.”
Milwaukee-Downer College was a women’s college founded in 1895 after the merger of two older women’s colleges. In 1901, the school’s home economics department was created, though the program was initially intended for personal enrichment rather than as a career path. The school’s president, Ellen Sabin, saw the domestic sciences as a woman’s chief vocation and one for which she possessed the unique qualifications to understand.
read more: Lynne H. Kleinman, The Milwaukee-Downer Woman (1997)
Our current guest curator is Erika Janik, an award-winning writer, historian, and the producer and editor of Wisconsin Life on Wisconsin Public Radio. She’ll be with us all month to consider the history of food and cooking in Wisconsin, using the digital archives available via Wisconsin Heritage Online. Stay tuned next week for a closer look at beer and brewing!