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How old is that historical context?  Most women have always worked and contributed economically to the upkeep of the family, except for about 15 minutes in the middle of the 20th C after WWII. What women have done has changed from era to era and place to place, but the idea that all they did was childrear, clean and cook (as opposed to primary food preparation like making cheese and butter) is an anomaly as far as I can tell.
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Fri Jan 29th, 2010 at 08:05:38 AM EST
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Late 1800s and onwards. It may be an anomaly in the grand scheme of things but the narratives have proved hard to shift and reconstruct.  Ditto the construction of childhood which arguably is a Victorian invention.
by In Wales (inwales aaat eurotrib.com) on Fri Jan 29th, 2010 at 08:21:46 AM EST
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