An examination of the life and thought of Zina Fay Peirce, an American reformer and feminist

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dc.contributor.advisor Hoover, Dwight W. en_US Atkinson, Norma P. en_US
dc.coverage.spatial n-us--- en_US 2011-06-03T19:22:42Z 2011-06-03T19:22:42Z 1984 en_US 1984
dc.identifier LD2489.Z68 1984 .A8 en_US
dc.description.abstract Zina ray Peirce (1336-1923), the first wife of Cnarles S. Peirce, America’s great philosopher, was a woman who devoted her life to cause of improving the position of women in America. This study examines her specific accomplishments as a reformer; attitudes about women in nineteenth-century America and the effect such attitudes had on a woman of strong intellect and character; and the influence that she and her husband had on each other.Her early and conditioned interest was to promote the idea of freeing women from domestic drudgery so that they could pursue their own talents and make themselves economically and politically independent. Although not a suffragist or a believer in the equality of the sexes, she believed that women had their own spheres of abilities and interests, as men did. Therefore, she promoted the concepts of cooperative housekeeping and of women voting for other women to represent them in a separate legislative body. The first of these ideas led to the establishment of a cooperative laundry in Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1870; the second, to her participation in a Woman’s Parliament which met in New York City in 1869. Both of these endeavors are examined at length, as are her views on abolition, marriage, immigration, education, and sexual mores.The sources of information include numerous letters which she wrote; letters written by others about her; and her published works, which include a novel, pamphlets, and journal and newspaper articles. en_US
dc.format.extent vii, 208 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Feminists -- United States -- Biography. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Women -- United States -- Social conditions -- 19th century. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Women -- United States -- History -- 19th century. en_US
dc.subject.other Peirce, Zina Fay, 1836-1923. en_US
dc.title An examination of the life and thought of Zina Fay Peirce, an American reformer and feminist en_US Thesis (Ph. D.) en_US
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