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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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Cooke continued to pursue her trade to offset family debts and finance home improvements, combining sewing and inn keeping with housewifery and childcare.
126) If the instances of marginalia in The Queens Closet Opened assimilate the queen's own practices to English housewifery, The Court & Kitchin continues to evoke the image of Elizabeth as un-English, strange, and alien.
More importantly, retailers utilize the motif of the I-Do Feminist within a discourse that reclaims and retrofits domesticity and housewifery as part of the hip consumerism that connotes a modem and upwardly mobile lifestyle.
12) As Amy Louise Erickson noted, a woman's "excellence in housewifery was a measure by which to judge every woman from the cottager's wife to the great lady.
A mythology has developed about housewifery, precisely because so few of us do it full-time now.
Female eastern European immigrants often labored for wages, but their daughters and granddaughters generally moved into the confines of middle-class housewifery.
You will find evidence of this in the beautiful suite of rooms devoted to cookery, needlework and housewifery.
In the playground we had a flat, which was used for the girls to learn housewifery, cooking, ironing, laundry and so on.
Such a household economy may employ the disciplines and skills of housewifery, of carpentry and other trades of building and maintenance, of gardening and other branches of subsistence agriculture, and even of woodlot management and wood-cutting.
They serve as symbols of home, motherhood, and housewifery, from images of a colonial woman fanning the cooking fire with her long apron, to a Civil War nurse wearing her white apron on the battlefield, to a country mother during the Depression gathering potatoes in her tattered apron, to a '50s housewife wearing a ruffled and rickracked apron to serve dinner.
The Nandi initiation rite is a practice considered mandatory in preparation for adulthood and housewifery.
Martha peddles housewifery on steroids--Yankee ingenuity fiercely aimed at centerpieces and doily collections.