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. A typical woman’s role during this time-period was to stay at home. This does not mean that women were not working. They were taking care of the home, watching after their children, gardening, cooking, and cleaning. It was widely understood that women know how to do these things and it was expected that girls would grow up learning that this was their place. This is very much the idea of “separate spheres;” women had their place in the home and men had their place out in the labor force.
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