Belles on Their Toes

Belles on Their Toes

Belles on Their Toes

Belles on Their Toes

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Mother is Lillian Moller Gilbreth, and Dad was Frank Bunker Gilbreth. Their consulting firm of Gilbreth, Inc., specialized in time saving and in making workers' jobs easier to do. They were the originators of motion study, and among the first in the scientific management field.

Dad died in 1924, leaving Mother with eleven children, the oldest of whom was eighteen. He also left a good many wonderful memories and an "efficiency" system of family life under which the children helped Mother run the house. Without the system, without the esprit de corps which he had instilled, Mother's job might have been too much for her.

But it was Mother who made the system work. Mother became the family breadwinner, filled the place of two parents, guided her children individually through the growing pains of adolescence, kept the family together. In her spare time, so to speak, she became one of the foremost management engineers in the world.

This is a book about the Gilbreth family after Dad died. It is primarily the story of Mother.

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