13 Apr '18, 12pm

A fascinating history of Home Economics and gender issues in Singapore schools:

Pre-independence: The Purpose of Home Economics Home economics began in the United States in the late 19th century as domestic science. It was part of a larger movement to modernise the American diet through scientific cookery. The early champions of domestic science could be categorised into two camps: those who wanted to give women access to careers that had traditionally been dominated by men, and those who wanted to upgrade women’s status within its traditional realm by recasting domestic work as rational and efficient, and based on science and technology. 1 Singapore clearly belonged in the latter category.

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