Housewife


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Housewife

A woman who stays home while her husband works to earn a living. Housewives generally are responsible for cooking, cleaning and child-rearing. For that reason, they form a strong demographic for products related to these activities. Housewives are less common today as women have gradually entered the workforce and more households have two breadwinners. See also: Housewife time.
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The 1950s housewife may have occasionally referred to "reducing," but her life wasn't reductionist the way ours is.
When the Emirati housewife told her that she should respect the laws of the nation, the stewardess said that the laws were for the woman and not for her.
This amounts to a win-win situation for the company and the housewife, who in most cases, is working to help supplement her family's income," she said.
The housemaid began to threaten and frighten the housewife, telling her to give her money or she would kill her", the official said.
Image with caption: "Real Housewife of Vancouver - Ronnie Seterdahl Negus (CNW Group/Shaw Media)".
Mr Radhi had said earlier that if a woman, who has been staying in Bahrain on a housewife status, cancels her visa and goes back to her country in order to come back on a work visa, the case will be treated as a fresh one.
But Ms Smith, pictured, MP for Redditch in Worcestershire, said she believed the average West Midlands housewife knew more about how to deal with terrorism than the average MP.
Cooking The average housewife also spends 14 minutes making the beds - for which a chambermaid would earn pounds 1.
The Japanese housewife is an iconic and integral part of the Japanese populace.
Pat Hand, a 60-year-old housewife from Stockton, said: "I recycle and I also use energy-saving light bulbs.
But BVG are set to buck the trend with a gaming title that includes such disciplines as cooking and gardening, and that allows you to customize your character, and become an actual housewife and move into Wisteria Lane along with your own secrets to uncover.