What Diantha Did

Read by Betsie Bush

(3.8 stars; 8 reviews)

Charlotte Perkins Gilman opens a window of history through which we can see a small part of the determined efforts made by women to elevate the circumstances of women in the early 20th century.

Diantha Bell is a normal young woman desiring marriage and a home, but also a challenging career in a new territory which raises many eyebrows and sets malicious tongues wagging. Her effort to elevate housework and cooking to a regulated and even scientific business, for the relief of homemakers, is a depiction of the late 19th century movement to promote Domestic Science, or Home Economics, as a means of providing more healthful home life, as well as career paths for women.

Diantha's business prospers as she shows her excellent gifts of administration, organization and homemaking. She grows an empire, and brings happiness and wholesomeness to every area of endeavor which she carefully attempts.
The improvements in women's opportunities have not been available very long, indeed.
This is a good reminder. (6 hr 16 min)


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loved it!

(5 stars)

intriguing twist on the role of women in the home. I know the model in the book is outdated, but I found it inspiring all the same. The story is well written and extremely well read. Thanks


(0.5 stars)

Only some chapters are downloading. ??? No problems with any other books ever and even now. What's wrong?


(5 stars)

Thank you to the reader ! Interesting plot that shows women in a society of change. pleasant tead

Good story

(5 stars)

Interesting and engaging. Fun to listen ti. Love the reader as well.