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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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HERBERT ASBURY, THE FRENCH QUARTER: AN INFORMAL HISTORY OF THE NEW ORLEANS UNDERWORLD 12 (1938) ("In Louisiana History, when mentioned at all, these girls are known as "correction girls," and they are carefully distinguished from the filles a la cassette, or casket girls, so called because they had been carefully chosen from among good middle-class families for skill in housewifely duties and excellence of character.
Pupil/Student Unemployed Pensioner Housewifely Public employee Superior 1% 1% 15% Secondary 15% 2% 1% 10% Gymnasium 25% 1% 1% Private Pensioner employee Superior 14% 1% Secondary 11% 3% Gymnasium Figure 5--Educational level correlated with current occupation Note: Table made from bar graph.
The sickroom called for the exercise of her higher qualities of patience, mercy, and gentleness as well as her housewifely arts.
According to Logan, scarcity signifies both economic and psychic insufficiency, excess stands not merely for wealth but also for vulgarity and female sexuality (2001:207-211), and cosiness connotes "a perfect fit between the self and the world" (Logan 2001: 212) and middle-class housewifely competences.
I wear it, not for the love of the cupcake for I have professed long before my disinterest in it, but for the love of a foodie friend who has given me the space to grow beyond the pigeonhole that has been carved out for my role; and for the unforgotten effort of all those ladies trying to pursue their genuine interest in food and having it brushed aside as housewifely boredom.
I just wish I was more, well, housewifely, more Nigella than that character Nigel Planer played on The Young Ones.
In emphasizing that women able to employ servants ought nevertheless to be possessed of housewifely knowledge and skills, Beecher was reaffirming a distinctively New England set of values.
The object was to exorcise the demon of thought, as Byron called the writer's master, by throwing a monkey wrench of housewifely normality in the twin conveyor of juxtaposition and tergiversation that runs up and down the heart of our profession like the anterior coronary artery.
As a housewifely vision of pluralism and community, the chow-chow pickle jar expressed a value that opposed the apartheid dream of purity preserved in separate containers.
One might think the old woman of the nursery rhyme who went to sweep the cobwebs out of the sky had skipped this corner, or else that its delicate beauty had preserved it even from her housewifely instincts.
In the Abbaye du Saint Esprit, however, Reason is relegated to a housewifely role and Charity has command of the whole community of virtues.
It seems the editors wanted to steer Jayashree away from housewifely matters as there were quite a few women's magazines that were devoted to the making of enlightened housewives.