ERIC Number: ED241234
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Housework: A Changing Constant.
Armitage, Susan H.
The paper contrasts housework done by farmwomen of 1900 with that done by today's farmwomen. The drudgery of turn-of-the-century housework, particularly doing the washing is detailed. The fact that the family farm was seen as a partnership based on strict division of labor is noted. Changes in farm life from 1920 to the present are documented, including a 1929 criticism of the small amount of time farmwomen could spend in child training. The advent of Cooperative Extension agents and Homemakers Clubs to educate farmwomen as alternatives to traditional, time-consuming ways of doing things is discussed. Changes in farm housework and farmwork are described; and, fears are expressed that today's farmwomen may have lost their traditional role of domestic providers, and become invisible in a new role where they spend less time on housework and more time on farmwork and off-farm work. (MH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Farm Women
Note: Paper presented at the American Farmwomen in Historical Perspective Conference (Las Cruces, NM, February, 1984).