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Helen Stuart Campbell (1839–1918)

Helen Stuart Campbell was an author, reformer, and pioneer in the home economics movement. Her stories were earnest tales chronicling women's struggles, especially in domestic life and poverty.

Campbell was born in Lockport, New York, and attended school in Warren, Rhode Island, and later, at Mrs. Cook's seminary in Bloomfield, New Jersey. Early in her writing career she published children's stories under her married name, Helen Weeks. As an activist in the home economics movement, Campbell helped organize the National Household Economics Association.

In 1881, she published a textbook entitled The Easiest Way in House-Keeping and Cooking. She is best known for her 1882 book The Problem of the Poor, based on her work in a New York City mission. This volume was followed by Prisoners of Poverty (1887) and Women Wage Earners (1893), which won an award from the American Economic Association. Mrs. Herndon's Income (1886) is Campbell's fictional account of the evil effects of low wages for women.

Campbell taught at the Raleigh Cooking School in North Carolina in 1878 and, for a short time, at the University of Wisconsin, where the 1894–1895 catalog lists her two courses, "Women Wage-Earning" and "Domestic Science." In 1886 she was hired by the New York Tribune to study the conditions among women in the city's needle trades and department stores. She also served as head resident in the Unity Settlement in Chicago. Campbell spent her last days in Dedham, Massachusetts.

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