A good while back when I was busy doing my “kitchen duty“ my sister entered the apartment fresh from work. After greeting her and re-focusing on whatever pot and pans I was in the middle of cleaning it dawned upon me how women have always been working whether they were paid for it or not.
The ones who were exempt from this were women born into financial privilege who’s main duty was to give birth to an heir and/or marry well.
Ironically enough it is these women who today are given credit for “liberating all women“ out into the work-place since women were allegedly “chained to the kitchen.“
This is how female liberation is popularly portrayed, completely ignoring all of the generations of women born into slavery, born into servitude, born into low-income occupations, etc;
Not to forget how vulnerable those women must have been socially, since they brought dishonour upon their families or themselves if they became involuntarily pregnant with a “bastard.“ Becoming pregnant as the result of rape or being abandoned by a husband must surely have spelled personal ruin and disaster for women already born into difficult circumstances.
Women working is depicted as something unique to our modern times, with academics/writers falsely pretending that women actually had a choice not to work before.
This is an awkward detail to note, since socialists and those advocating for egalitarianism are the ones who push this myth; you would think that they would be more interested in speaking about the age-long history of poverty rather than pushing fairytales.
I guess that women born into privilege wanted access to the power that their fathers, brothers and husbands had and that some were not satisfied with managing large households and families, they certainly had time on their hands to push for political changes.
They decided to rebel for their own in-group, since they wanted to land whatever high-income job and/or gain influence, while working class women and poor women were already working since they had no other choice … some of these poor women were probably “chained to the kitchen“ of their wealthy female employers.
I sincerely doubt that the suffragettes (just to pick one female advocacy group) wanted to scrub floors and empty trash since these were unglamorous occupations already done by lower class people.
Visiting any huge castle or property in Europe will always mention “the kitchens“ and all of the workers who were hard at work in these quarters. Female “cooks,“ “nannies,“ and “teachers“ are all roles that are mentioned, even women breast feeding children born to their mistresses.
It is a bluff that the feminist movement was liberating for all, since women born into a low socio-economic status were already hard at work.
Women had been working for generations and still are today.
The industrial revolution “liberated“ these already underprivileged women further by placing them into the factories.
Poor people have always had it hard – “upper class feminist liberation“ did not change that, what everyone gained was the vote.