20th Century technological innovation transformed the private sphere for women. Machinery aided in the daily household tasks. Yet, historian Ruth Cowan argued that “housewives with conveniences were spending just as much time on household duties as were housewives without them.”[1] The quandary of mechanizing the domestic sphere meant that rather than “Blue Monday” laundry day being reserved for single day,  the washing machine allowed a women to expand this into a daily task.

[1] Ruth Schwartz Cowan, “The ‘Industrial Revolution’ in the Home: Household Technology and Social Change in the Twentieth Century” in Technology and Culture 17 (1976) 489.


About the author: chismechick

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.