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Jessica Ellen Sewell

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816669738

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816669738.001.0001

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Sidewalks and Streetcars

Sidewalks and Streetcars

(p.1) One Sidewalks and Streetcars
Women and the Everyday City

Jessica Ellen Sewell

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines women’s behavior on the streets from the nineteenth century to the twentieth century. During the late nineteenth century and in the early twentieth century, we see a significant increase in women’s use of public transport as a result of city-wide expansions and neighborhood gaps. Women, when out in public, were supposed to be just about visible to strangers yet more prominently visible towards acquaintances. This type of attitude connotes middle class status. The chapter presents how women were classified into two: visible working-class women and discreet middle-class women.

Keywords:   women’s behavior, nineteenth century, twentieth century, working-class women, middle-class women

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