The term “Home Economics” often makes us think of housewives in the 1950s. However, family and consumer sciences (FCS) got its start in the Home Economics Movement. We have a rich and detailed history made up of fascinating men and women that came from the sciences. Dr. Megan J. Elias is an Associate Professor of History at Queensborough Community College, a College of The City University of New York (CUNY). She traces the foundation of the discipline in a manner that is entertaining and easy to read. For a comprehensive look at the forces shaping what FCS has become, I recommend Dr. Elias’ book!
Books about FCS: “Stir it Up: Home Economics in American Culture”
About Mikki Sherwood
Mikki has taught in the School of Family & Consumer Sciences at Eastern Illinois University since 1997. She also coordinates the Infant and Child development Laboratories for the university and assists in directing the ABC Program. She has a Masters degree in FCS and a PhD in Early Childhood Education/Child Psychology. Mikki’s primary areas of research are multiculturalism and diversity and human sexuality. She has studied brain development across the lifespan (but with a particular focus on children and adolescents) for many years and has presented and published on a variety of topics related to sexuality, gender issues, multicultural education in primarily white geographical regions, male involvement in the lives of young children, and LGBT issues. Her expertise in brain development during adolescence and emerging adulthood inspire the articles she writes or content she posts on the Career Skillet website.