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Sweet SpotsIn-Between Spaces in New Orleans$
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Teresa A. Toulouse and Barbara C. Ewell

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9781496817020

Published to University Press of Mississippi: September 2019

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781496817020.001.0001

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Where Women Live

Where Women Live

Creating and Regulating the Spaces of Women’s Lives, 1880–1950

(p.151) Chapter Eight Where Women Live
Sweet Spots

Beth Willinger

University Press of Mississippi

The years of the late 19th and early 20th centuries were defined in part by a national obsession with domesticity and respectability and a redefinition of public/private spheres. Beginning with the efforts of the Christian Woman’s Exchange, and continuing with the work of the Traveler’s Aid Society, the Catholic Woman’s Club, the Catherine Club, and the Young Women’s Christian Association, reform-minded women in New Orleans organized to promote white women’s economic security and provide respectable and affordable residences as alternatives to prostitution. This essay considers women’s organizing and institution-building as creating an unchartered, interstitial spatial territory situated in-between the geographically-defined private household and the public boarding houses and brothels of Storyville.

Keywords:   Boarding houses, Christian Woman’s Exchange, Public/private spheres, Storyville, Women reformers, Young Women’s Christian Association, New Orleans

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