the Status and Reception of Female Agricultural Workers in 1910s Rural Montana: The Case of Emma Robowietra, a Widowed, Estonian Immigrant, Homesteader

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Robo, Abigail
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Dolan, Jamie
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2024
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the Status and Reception of Female Agricultural Workers in 1910s Rural Montana: The Case of Emma Robowietra, a Widowed, Estonian Immigrant, Homesteader
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After her husband Gustave died in a mining accident in Alberta, Canada, she was left to raise her three children and sustain their homestead all on her own. This research aims to theorize what life was like for her as an immigrant in a small town on the Hi-Line of Montana, raising her children in an ethnic enclave of Estonian immigrants. Records of Emma Roboweitra’s life experiences will be analyzed in light of works by theorists like Simone De Beauvoir, Paula England, and Luce Irigaray who have written on the broad experiences of women. Using these and further research on the historical role of women in agriculture, this research examines what life was like for Emma Roboweitra and others situated like her, getting to the bottom of what her status was like and the reception from others in her community.
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