"Toilers of the Home" - Lillian Pettengill - Everybody's



After graduation from Mount Holyoke, Lillian Pettengill took jobs as a domestic servant to write about her experience in a four-part series for Everybody's Magazine, republished soon after as a book for Doubleday.

Media History

The reporting was intended for these media types: Magazine, Book

Effects and Outcomes

Pettengell's effort followed a number of similar efforts, most notably "The Woman Who Toils, Being the Experiences of Two Gentlewomen as Factory Girls," the best-selling effort of the sisters-in-law, Bessie and Marie (Mrs. John) van Vorst, also published as a series in Everybody's and then as a book by Doubleday.