A brief history of the Housewife
The battle of the housewife through the years
A history of work vs home
The War and women
This state of affairs – nuclear middle-class families supported by paid staff - continued right up until the start of World War One. As men were called up to fight, there was a boom in paid employment opportunities for working-class women, leading to a shortage of domestic labour as maids found work in factories.
A step backwards for the housewife
With no paid work to keep them busy and no staff to share the domestic labour, women had little choice but to take care of their homes. Without family or staff to help out, a 1950s housewife spent no more time with her children than a modern working mother because it was more or less a full-time job to keep the house clean and the family fed.
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