According to Maureen Flanagan, municipal housekeeping gave women an opportunity "to become involved in every facet of urban affairs" in the early twentieth century by arguing that the community was an extension of the home, thereby curbing any gendered challenges to their public activities.3 Municipal housekeepers' concern for the health and safety of the family translated into a broader concern for public health and safety in the urban industrial environment. [...] the strategies and public education campaigns that these women activists organized in the supposedly quiet and conformist postWorld War II period not only helped to remediate the environment, but also helped to fuel the rise of the modern environmental movement by fueling public awareness of environmental issues - specifically water resources - and creating a solid base of informed citizens that later environmental activists could build upon and turn to for needed assistance.
Citizen Experts Terrianne K Schulte Frontiers; 2009; 30, 3; Docstoc pg. 1 Reproduced with permi
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