This article examines a survey of rural Czech women conducted in 1944-1945. It argues that the survey tells two very different stories. First, the survey provides an unvarnished look into the everyday material circumstances of a few rural Czech women. But for all they tell us about the material conditions of these rural women's lives, the surveys tell us very little about their ideals, hopes, and dreams. The surveys do, however, reveal quite a bit about the inner motivations of the very different group of women who commissioned this research, a group known as the Women's Center. Reading in between the lines of these texts shows how the activists of the Women's Center imagined modernity in the countryside. Theirs was a vision of rational households, technological advances, and good taste, even in rural villages.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Gender Studies