Introduction

This blog shows the changes throughout women’s labor from the mid 1700’s to present date. Throughout my blog postings we can see the effects of “separate spheres” and how it shaped peoples views on both men and women. While men were always able to work outside the home in factories, construction sites, offices, ranches, etc.,…

Mr. Mom by Lonestar

Mr. Mom by Lonestar(1) The above is a link to a song by Lonestar called “Mr. Mom” which was released in 2004. It is about a man that loses his job. His wife decides that she’ll go to work if he stays home and watches after the kids while he’s looking for a job. However,…

“My parents didn’t like it. They were very upset about my leaving St. Louis. I was just twenty-two years old. You know, Armenian girls stayed home until they got married, and you were looked at kind of funny if you left your family home before you got married. It just ‘wasn’t right.’ But I left. I moved in with Bernice and I went to work.” (1)

In the 1950’s Alice Peurala left her parents’ home in Missouri to move to Chicago and work. Her parents were upset with the decisions she made because they felt that a girl’s place was in the home until she was married off, then she was to be in that home. However, Alice wanted to work….

“Tonight in Bridgeport thousands of women are working at Remington Arms Co., turning out the tools of war. More are building planes at Vought-Sikorsky in Stratford, while others are busily sewing the stout fabrics of victory at Singer Sewing Machine Co. within a few miles of this meeting. The list is endless; Connecticut women are working for victory at the Auto Ordinance Corp. in Bridgeport…manufacturers of all-important machine tools. And over in Stamford women work at the lathes in Yale and Towne, making locks of war that will one day bind Hitler into a strong-studded cell.” (1)

This quote is taken from a speech made to a group of women by Clare Boothe Luce in September of 1942. She was stressing the importance of the role of women during war time. Since the men were all fighting, women were taking on these roles that were never previously given to them. They were…

“Women! Just think how our men and boys EVERYWHERE will be happy to know that their wives, mothers and sweethearts are busy and useful. They will respect all women more, because their own are busy and cheerful, and full of courage.” (1)

This quote is taken from a speech by Ella Reeve Bloor in August of 1942. She is speaking to an audience of primarily women to motivate and inspire them about being in the labor force. She believed the war would join both the men and women in America. In the 1940’s all the men were…

“Heinz’s presentation of a ‘feminized’ workspace and workers contained both these meanings of purity. Since Victorian women were thought to be ‘naturally’ pure, and were considered the ‘natural’ preparers of food, their presence in the workplace assured consumers that the food products were just as natural as what was made at home. Yet these women were also scrupulously clean, white and scientifically germ-free. So both meanings of purity are promoted, without any apparent contradiction.” (1)

The above quote is from “Pickles and purity: discourses of food, empire and work in turn-of-the-century USA” by Mona Domosh about the Hienz company in the early 1900’s. We have all heard the term that a woman’s place is in the kitchen. Heinz employed women for this reason. It was productive as well as a…

“To the Editors of Philadelphia Daily News from Printers’ Union,” 1854 “…we do not believe that any benefit an accrue from taking women from the sphere of action God (as it is evident from her physical and mental qualities) designed her to occupy. Her faculties are different from those of a male and any attempt to draw her preset position in life should be met with that opposition from the American 165 people which would be exerted against immorality and vice. The purity of a woman should be guarded with care, and surely contact with the world in the same method that man finds necessary would have a very pernicious effect upon her morals.” (1)

The above is a quote from a letter that wanted to justify why the Printers’ Union shouldn’t employ women. At this point in time, working out of the home was starting to become a bit more common and accepted. However, looking at the above quote, it is easy to see that many people were unhappy…

“The proliferation of carding machines and spinning mills sharply increased the demand for weavers’ services, many of whom were women. The first spinning mill erected at Fall River in the early nineteenth century found the neighboring farm wives already fully employed as weavers for Providence mills” (1)

The article that this quote is pulled from is called “Rocking the Cradle: Downsizing the New England Family” by Gloria L. Main. The article is all about the downsizing of families in New England in the 1780’s. Many couples were waiting longer to have children and having less of them all together. One could say…

“July 29, 1754, Wanted, a Grave, sedate, Sober woman, not exceeding thirty years of age, who understands the management of a family, the care of children and who may be trusted with keys, such a one by bringing recommendation may hear of a good place, by inquiring at the printer’s hereof” (1)

The above quote is a labor wanted ad. This family was looking for a woman to do the “woman’s” position in a household. This family could be looking for someone to take on these roles because the matriarch of the household could either need help or she could have passed away, most likely during childbirth….

Order of Blog Posts

https://womansworkweb.wordpress.com/2016/11/10/first-blog-post/ https://womansworkweb.wordpress.com/2016/11/10/blog-post-title/ https://womansworkweb.wordpress.com/2016/11/10/blog-post-title-2/ https://womansworkweb.wordpress.com/2016/11/20/july-22-1824-glove-sewers-wanted-wanted-immediately-12-or-20-glove-and-mitten-sewers-also-a-girl-to-help-do-house-work-apply-at-258-broadway/ https://womansworkweb.wordpress.com/2016/11/20/to-the-editors-of-philadelphia-daily-news-from-printers-union-1854-we-do-not-believe-that-any-benefit-an-accrue-from-taking-women-from-the-sphere-of-actio/ https://womansworkweb.wordpress.com/2016/11/20/heinzs-presentation-of-a-feminized-workspace-and-workers-contained-both-these-meanings-of-purity-since-victorian-women-were-thought-to-be-naturally-pure/ https://womansworkweb.wordpress.com/2016/11/20/women-just-think-how-our-men-and-boys-everywhere-will-be-happy-to-know-that-their-wives-mothers-and-sweethearts-are-busy-and-useful-they-will-respect-all-women-more-because-their-own-are-busy-an/ https://womansworkweb.wordpress.com/2016/11/20/tonight-in-bridgeport-thousands-of-women-are-working-at-remington-arms-co-turning-out-the-tools-of-war-more-are-building-planes-at-vought-sikorsky-in-stratford-while-others-are-busily-sew/ https://womansworkweb.wordpress.com/2016/11/20/my-parents-didnt-like-it-they-were-very-upset-about-my-leaving-st-louis-i-was-just-twenty-two-years-old-you-know-armenian-girls-stayed-home-until-they-got-married-and-you-were/ https://womansworkweb.wordpress.com/2016/11/20/httpswww-youtube-comwatchvaikok2mhgvk/