"Model Mamas": The Domestic Partnership of Home Economics Pioneers Flora Rose and Martha Van Rensselaer

  title={"Model Mamas": The Domestic Partnership of Home Economics Pioneers Flora Rose and Martha Van Rensselaer},
  author={Megan J. Elias},
  journal={Journal of the History of Sexuality},
  pages={65 - 88}
  • Megan J. Elias
  • Published 17 October 2006
  • History
  • Journal of the History of Sexuality
IN 1925, AT AN EVENT honoring Martha Van Rensselaer, cochair of the Department of Home Economics at Cornell University, an alumna of the department commented to the assembled crowd that "she it is, with the partner she came to love and who came to love her, who has imparted to every girl who has had the great privilege of spending four years with them, an ideal ofwomanhood in service to mankind."' The partner Van Rensselaer came to love, her cochair of the department, was Flora Rose. Together… 
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