Divided Paths, Common Ground: The Story of Mary Matthews and Lella Gaddis, Pioneering Purdue Women Who Introduced Science into the Home

Divided Paths, Common Ground: The Story of Mary Matthews and Lella Gaddis, Pioneering Purdue Women Who Introduced Science into the Home (Paperback)

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 Divided Paths, Common Ground: The Story of Mary Matthews and Lella Gaddis, Pioneering Purdue Women Who Introduced Science into the Home
Paperback
Purdue University Press
03/15/2011
262pp
English
5.50" x 8.50"
1557535914
9781557535917
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Book Description

In the early 1900s, Mary Matthews and Lella Gaddis forged trails for women at Purdue University and throughout Indiana. Mary was the first dean of the School of Home Economics. Lella was Indiana’s first state leader of Home Demonstration. In 1914, Mary hired Lella to organize Purdue’s new Home Economics Extension Service. According to those who knew them, Lella was a “sparkler” who traveled the state instructing rural women about nutrition, hygiene, safe water, childcare, and more. “Reserved” Mary established Purdue’s School of Home Economics, created Indiana’s first nursery school, and authored a popular textbook. Both women used their natural talents and connections to achieve their goals in spite of a male-dominated society. As a land grant institution, Purdue University has always been very connected to the American countryside. Based on extensive oral history and archival research, this book sheds new light on the important role female staff and faculty played in improving the quality of life for rural women during the first half of the twentieth century. It is also a fascinating story, engagingly told, of two very different personalities united in a common goal.

About the Author(s):

Angie Klink is an independent scholar, historian, essayist, copywriter, scriptwriter, and author of nine books. Klink authored The Deans’ Bible: Five Purdue Women and Their Quest for Equality; Kirby’s Way; Divided Paths, Common Ground; and the children’s books Purdue Pete Finds His Hammer and I Found U. Klink has received sixty-one American Advertising Federation ADDY Awards, including a lifetime achievement honor. She is a five-time attendee of the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop at the University of Dayton and received an honorable mention in the Erma Bombeck Writing Competition. She has appeared on Hoosier History Live, C-SPAN’s Book TV, and Voice of America’s “Current Time in America.” She resides in Lafayette, Indiana. Learn more at www.angieklink.com.