Electricity and Women's Work

Who really benefited and when?

Main

35% of all US households had electricity but only for 8% of farms

1920 - 1921

Urban Dwellers

Mrs. Lathrop wrote her letter of appreciation to Thomas Edison.

1921 - 1922

Most people had electricity.

1929 - 1930

Farm Families

People had to pay twice as much as the city dwellers to get electricity.

1929 - 1930

In rural Kansas, 5-15% of farms had electricity.

1935 - 1936

Rural Electrification Administration (the New Deal)

1938 - 1939

Only 45% of US farms received electricity.

1943 - 1944