On Behalf of the Family Farm

Iowa Farm Women’s Activism since 1945

Family Farm2“In this very readable book,  Barker Devine shows that rural women who disdained feminism behaved like ‘agrarian feminists.’ Banding together to confront rapid and all-encompassing changes, women in Iowa in the decades after World War II navigated between the demands of a patriarchal society built around land, agriculture, and family and a strong sense of pride in themselves as mothers, wives, and women. This study will provoke more than its share of spirited conversation among Iowans as well as academics.”

–Andrew Cayton, Miami University