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It's Up to the Women

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263 pages
Published 1933 by Frederick A. Stokes Company
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I came to this in search of inspiration in a troubling time. This book offers an interesting glimpse into the realities of life during the Depression, and I enjoyed thinking about the bigger ideas--that women have a role to play in world--but I found that much of Eleanor's advice failed to translate to our modern situation as much as I'd hoped. Fine, but not extraordinary.
One would not think that a book of advice written in 1933 would have relevance today. You think wrong. Eleanor Roosevelt’s first book, published for the millions of women struggling to keep home and family together during the ravages of the Great Depression, is full of advice that remains true today. Granted, some of the advice she provides is unique to the time period in which she was writing, and the references to Departments of Home Economics and the various menus they recommend have a charmi ...more
Mar 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This was Eleanor's first book, published in 1933. It is filled with a mix of long- term vision and knowledge of cultural transitions. What struck me most was her kind consideration for every person. Worth reading. My family and I are going to try the weeks worth of depression recipes.
This book of Eleanor Roosevelt's advice to women during the depression offers an interesting glimpse into what life was like during that time. It also shows what an intelligent, practical, and down-to-earth person she was. She was interested in everything and everyone around her. Her sage advice covered a wide-range of topics: how to handle the loss of income the Depression brought, husband-wife relationships, working women, budgeting, recipes, the importance of taking care of your health (sleep ...more
Tess Bandos
Feb 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
It was interesting to read that women are still experiencing the same problems as the ones described in this book which was written almost 100 years ago. Compared to some of the modern female empowerment books that I've read, this one is more of a how-to guide which was a fascinating take.
Mar 04, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, dnf
Not what I was expecting. I think I was hoping for an inspiring feminist call-to-arms, not a detailed how-to guide for housewives surviving the Depression and war time. Still, there are gems here; you just have to dig for them and then view them through a 21st century lens.
Jul 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Written between January and March of 1933 - in the throes of the Great Depression and prior to WWII - Eleanor Roosevelt typed this remarkable book herself. While some of the info is dated, it is surprising relevant to today. Practical and philosophical, we meet a most remarkable Eleanor, working out her "own salvation" as she prepared for the role of First Lady, a role she never wanted. She includes daily menus - with recipes - for better family health in a time when money for food was unattaina ...more
May 23, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was tricky for me. The end of the book felt eerie--so much of what she was warning against and spurning women to do STILL HASN'T HAPPENED! Equal pay, appropriate family leave, women's disproportionate role in politics, our approach to having the VOTE, the role of work, our role in peace. I found her thoughts encouraging and inspiring to continue to press on. However, it was hard, because the beginning of the book seemed like a home economics lecture focusing on recipes and how to make frien ...more
Aug 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading Eleanor Roosevelt's advice to women, and feel some of her same perspectives could apply to women of today.

From budgeting (both monetary budgeting and budgeting of personal time), to running a household, working, politics, hobbies, and so much more, her insight gave women choices in how to manage their day-to-day life.

She was a strong woman, and mentored many women with positivity.
Donna Simpson
Feb 13, 2018 rated it liked it
I had to keep reminding myself that this was written in the 1930s and was actually very progressive for the time! It was an interesting look at a window of time. I especially liked the line where women are writing in because they are over 45 so what kind of career could they possibly have.
Jun 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
I picked this up when I visited the FDR presidential library. I thoroughly enjoyed it and I'm looking forward to reading more of ER. She strikes me as down to earth and it was interesting to try to pick out advice that is still relevant. Surprisingly most of it.
Chief Mom Officer
Jun 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
Very interesting book - a glimpse into life in the past that shows that the more things change, the more things stay the same. I enjoyed reading Mrs. Roosevelt's perspectives on women in the workplace, budgeting, and living below your means.
Sylvia Johnson
Though there are a few things that have changed, for the most part we are dealing with the same issues. If only some of her good suggestions had been enacted. There is much good advice and insight here. With our lack of mentors and people of character, this book is much needed today.
Eleanor Roosevelt is the best.
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great book just not really relevant to today.
Written in 1933. A window into the Great Depression years. I love Eleanor.
Mar 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Interesting to read how she saw things then and how things have and have not changed despite best efforts.
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Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was an American political leader who used her influence as an active First Lady from 1933 to 1945 to promote the New Deal policies of her husband, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, as well as taking a prominent role as an advocate for civil rights. After her husband's death in 1945, she continued to be an internationally prominent author and speaker for the New Deal coalition ...more
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