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What Diantha Did
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Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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Title: What Diantha Did

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ISBN: 9781775450214, 9781438559841, 9781458704474, 1230000193721, 9782819945024, 1230000032063, 9780011906065, 9783655029107, 9780000879189

First published serially in Gilman's magazine the Forerunner in 1909-­10, the novel tells the story of Diantha Bell, a young woman who leaves her home and her fiancé to start a housecleaning business. A resourceful heroine, Diantha quickly expands her business into an enterprise that includes a maid service, cooked food delivery service, restaurant, and hotel. By assigning a cash value to women's "invisible" work, providing a means for the well-­being and moral uplift of working girls, and releasing middle- and leisure-­class women from the burden of conventional domestic chores, Diantha proves to her family and community the benefits of professionalized housekeeping.

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