Sunday, October 30, 2005

Future Homemakers of America

My wife and I were talking about our high school experiences and mentioned clubs like 4-H, FFA, and FHA. Where does the Future Homemakers of America (FHA) fit in today’s world. In the 1970’s it meant teaching young women to sew, cook, do crafts, shop for groceries, and handle all of the domestic chores that have traditionally been assigned to women. In the 21st century, how to you run an organization like that? You don’t. It can’t still exist. So I got on the Internet and searched for FHA. I found a curious site called FHAHERO that contained the Future Community Leaders of America. A little research at Britannica led me to understand that FHA had transformed itself into an organization for community leaders. They take men and women and teach responsibility and leadership.

On the web site you will still find the people wearing the red blazers that they were known for in the 1970’s. Those are ugly, but they are a connection to the past. It is good to see an organization that has been a part of the lives of generations of Americans to find a new niche to keep on working with people.

Google was not done yet. It also showed me that Laurie Graham had written a novel called Future Homemakers of America. It looks like a history piece on the lives of women in WWII. (FCCLA) Future Homemakers of America-Home Economics Related Occupations (A Novel)

(Hmmm ... that was really all I could come up with on this topic. I thought there might be more ideas there.)


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