What is the woman’s role in the home these days? It seems to cover so many things and can be very individual. It wasn’t always the way.
Although we have long been accustomed to electricity as a lighting agent and even for heating purposes, electric cooking stoves have not yet become common. There are, however, several different makes to be had, and the price of some of them is by no means prohibitive.
That is from The Woman’s Book, The Household Management book from 1911.
The Woman’s Book
I love looking at this book. It is funny to see what was expected of a housewife from back early last century to now. In many ways, the other thing that is interesting is how much the way women act has also changed.
Recently I also found a whole heap of magazines I have from the 1960s and 1970s. They also show a lot of ways that women used to live.
I thought it might be a lot of fun to show excerpts and such from the magazines and the book. Look at how we have changed.
This seems so relevant to me as I made a big change in my own life recently. Deciding to become a housewife has been really good for me. I feel like the weight of the world has been lifted from my shoulders.
Becoming one does seem like a strange thing to do in the 21st century. Someone asked me about it and I assured them that it was totally my choice. A decision had to be made and my house really needed the attention. It was an easy one in the end.
For so many years I’ve hated my house, but now I love it. It is clean, tidy, well to look at mostly. There is still a lot of work to do, but I will get there in time.
What the Woman’s Role is now
It is funny reading all the things that a housewife had to do in previous times. Sometimes I look at my home and wonder what women had to do that kept them at it all day.
Of course, part of that is that we have machines to do a lot for us. Thank goodness.
So while I’m being the housewife I also have a lot of time to do other things that I enjoy, my photography and my renewed interested in baking. Though the baking is often so I can photograph it. Win, win really.
So looking at that quote at the start. It sounds like electric stoves were scary. I’ve always cooked with electric, except for a couple of years when I first moved to the city. I’m more scared of gas and I guess it is all about what you are used to.
Yesterday I decided to do some research to see if I could find a good recipe for cupcakes and I believe I did.
I found this YouTube video.
However, before I rushed off to make them I saw that she had another video about causes for your cupcakes not working. Oh boy, I’m so glad I watched this.
I did all that she recommended and my cupcakes were the best I’ve made yet.
There were so many things in the video that I realised was why I was not having the best of luck. I will have to watch it more.
Really, what I really want to say is that I love being a housewife because it allows me the time to do other things that I really enjoy. I’m lucky that my husband earns enough that we can afford for me to do this.
It is the first time in my life that I have been able to have the time to do this. My daughters are no longer home and I only have to clean up after me, the husband and the cat. Life is perfect right now.