The Home-Maker by Dorothy Canfield-Fisher


In her 1924 novel, The Home-Maker, Canfield-Fisher targets the issue of gender roles in society.
In the novel, a middle-class American couple, a victim of circumstances, are forced to switch their working roles. The husband, suffering from paralysis takes up the mantle of duty in the home, while his wife goes to work in a departmental store. It is here that she flourishes and in many ways finds an outlet for her more creative and innovative ideas. The husband fulfills a more nurturing, patient role with their children in the household. The entire family finds a balance that was hitherto unknown to them.


In this book, far ahead of its times, Canfield-Fisher raises awareness, that it is not gender but personality that predisposes men and women to roles in the work sphere, be it inside or outside the home.


About Dorothy Canfield-Fisher

Dorothy Canfield-Fisher, whom Eleanor Roosevelt named: one of the ten most influential women in the US, was one of the forerunners of American literature, who as early as the first decades of the twentieth century spoke up for racial equality and female rights.



This post was in celebration of the #femmemarch that Resh @thebooksatchel has created to honour the power of women in literature.


8 thoughts on “The Home-Maker by Dorothy Canfield-Fisher

  1. This has been on my radar for so long, but then I get distracted by other books and forget about it for a while. You’ve prompted me to bump it up my tbr list. Thank you! 🙂


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