Gender and Agency in the Anthropocene: Energy, Women, and the Home in Twentieth-Century Britain


In this piece, Taylor examines women’s agency during energy transitions, considering their roles as both professionals in the management and advertising of new energy systems and as primary users of energy in the home. Exploring moves to gas, electricity, and even hydro-electricity in Britain in the mid-eighteenth century, the author exposes the conflicts faced by women trying to support and convert households as they took on new technologies and energy sources.