Quotation by Ruth Schwarz Cowan

Modern labor-saving devices eliminated drudgery, not labor. Before industrialization, women fed, clothed, and nursed their families by preparing (with the help of their husbands and children) food, clothing, and medication. In the post-industrial age, women feed, clothe, and nurse their families (without much direct assistance from anyone else) by cooking, cleaning, driving, shopping, and waiting.
Ruth Schwarz Cowan (20th century). Excerpted from More Work for Mother: The Ironies of Household Technology from the Open Hearth to the Microwave (1983). Quoted in :"Twentieth Century Housework: Less Drudgery, But Just As Much Work," The Utne Reader (April 1990).
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