In Her Own Right

The Female Association of Philadelphia for the Relief of Women and Children in Reduced Circumstances

Date created 1800-01-01 – 1999-01-01
Creators The Female Association of Philadelphia for the Relief of Women and Children in Reduced Circumstances
Abstract Scattered observations do reveal what members of this organization believed about the causes of poverty and the role of women. Members remained tied to an individual rather than structural understanding of poverty, believing it was connected to sin and immorality. Thus, they aimed to help the "worthy" poor—widows in particular, or, as they put it, "real widows" (emphasis theirs). Nonetheless, they saw their activism as proof that women could exercise influence outside of the household "to a certain extent" (emphasis theirs) without adversely affecting their domestic duties.
Description Most of the records of this organization, which employed women in spinning, are administrative, dealing with donations, changes to the constitution and by-laws, etc. Correspondence is all incoming; in addition to the members listed earlier, some of it is addressed to early member and prominent Philadelphia philanthropist Rebecca Gratz. Meeting minutes are also administrative, dealing with the election of officers, finances, committee reports, facilities, and more.
Research interest Scattered observations do reveal what members of this organization believed about the causes of poverty and the role of women. Members remained tied to an individual rather than structural understanding of poverty, believing it was connected to sin and immorality. Thus, they aimed to help the "worthy" poor—widows in particular, or, as they put it, "real widows" (emphasis theirs). Nonetheless, they saw their activism as proof that women could exercise influence outside of the household "to a certain extent" (emphasis theirs) without adversely affecting their domestic duties.
Size 4 lf.
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