- life was hard for 19th century women
- life, particularly because of public health improvements, was better for 20th century women.
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Women's Health in Nineteenth Century
The Jstor blog has a piece on de facto first ladies. What's telling is that the list ends in 1915, with Woodrow Wilson's daughter (his wife died and there was a (short) time before he remarried). There are 13 daughters, daughters-in-law, and nieces listed for the 19th century, but only one for a bachelor (Buchanan). (The list does omit Anna Roosevelt, who often acted for FDR because her mother was out doing good works.) That factoid shows two things: