In On Behalf of the Family Farm, Jenny Barker Devine demonstrates that in an era when technology, depopulation, and rapid economic change dramatically altered rural life, midwestern women met these challenges with an activism that reflected their own feminine vision of farm life. Focusing on women in four national farm organizations in Iowa-the Farm Bureau, the Farmers Union, the National Farmers Organization, and the Porkettes-Devine highlights specific moments in time when farm women had to reassess their roles and strategies for pre serving and improving their way of life.
Table of Contents
Chapter 1 This Rich Gift of Voluntary Leadership: Rural Women's Activism in Iowa 15
Chapter 2 As Natural a Process: Women's Leadership in Township Farm Bureau Clubs 39
Chapter 3 Does Your Man Belong to the Fanners Union?: Women and Cold War Politics in the Iowa Farmers Union 59
Chapter 4 Because Somebody Had to Do It: Women, Families, and the National Farmers Organization 85
Chapter 5 Hop to the Top with the Iowa Chop: The Iowa Porkettes and Transformative Leadership 113