Susan Swetnam

Women at Work on the Southeast Idaho Frontier

Dr. Swetnam presents evidence to challenge the myth that pioneer women contributed to their families’ economic well-being only by the unpaid household work that they performed. Drawing on a large archive of memoirs and biographies, southeast Idaho pioneer women’s various wage-earning work is described both statistically and anecdotally, drawing on passages from women’s accounts of their own lives and their mother’s lives.