Women of the Grange: Mutuality and Sisterhood in Rural America, 1866-1920

Synopsis

Marti takes a detailed look at the women of the Grange from 1866 through the early 20th century. He deflates some of the claims that have been made for the order's liberating influence, but still takes that influence very seriously, exploring the opportunities for sociability and cooperation that fostered sisterhood and encouraged women to pursue their distinctive interests. From the promise of equality made by the founders, to the role the Grange played in promoting equal suffrage, women's roles are fully analyzed in relation to both mutuality with men and sisterhood with each other.