The history of women and gender in the United
States from the colonial period to the present,
with a focus on the 19th and 20th centuries as
influenced by class, race, and region. Topics
include the transformation of a household economy
to an industrial economy; the influence of slavery
and emancipation on the experience of women, bound
and free; women's movement into low-paid "women's
work" and their designation as the primary
consumers in a consumer society; women's
involvement in social reform; changing notions of
women's (and men's) sexuality; the conflicted
history of women's suffrage; the relationship
between ideologies of gender and imperialism;
suburbanization and the "feminine mystique"; and
the rights revolutions of the 20th century.