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Never Done

by Susan Strasser

ISBN 0394708415 / 9780394708416 / 0-394-70841-5
Publisher Pantheon
Language English
Edition Softcover
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Beginning with a description of household chores in the 19th century -- cooking at fireplaces & on cast-iron stoves, laundry done with wash boilers & flatirons, spring housecleaning that had to purge the home of soot & grime, endless water hauling & fire tending -- Strasser demonstrates how industrialization transformed the nature of women's work. Lightening some tasks & eliminating the need for others, new commercial processes altered women's daily lives & relationships -- with each other & with the people they served. Weaves together the history of material advances & domestic service, the development of "women's separate sphere," & the impact of advertising, home economics, & women's entry into the workforce. Illustrations. [via]