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Daughters of the Declaration: How Women Social Entrepreneurs Built the American Dream by David Graham Burnett, Claire Gaudiani

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Building National Organizations for Social Profit
Women’s place is Home. Her task is homemaking. But Home is not contained within the four walls of an individual home. Home is the community. The city full of people is the Family.
—Rheta Childe Dorr, What Eight Million Women Want, 1910
 
 
 
 
In 2001, the architectural historian Daphne Spain wrote a book entitled How Women Saved the City, in which she argues that in the second half of the nineteenth century, women took up the challenge of bringing order to America’s burgeoning cities. She used the term “municipal housekeeping” to describe their efforts to support the physical and spiritual lives of America’s new urban residents. This term has proved popular because it captures an important ...

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