The History of Housewives and Housework from 1895 to 1915 Two trends in the history of housework, namely the shift from production to consumption and technological shifts in the labour process of housework, had an impact on the working lives of women in the late 19th century and into much of the 20th century. These shifts began in earnest in the latter years of the 19th century with a social change towards consumerism. At the same time, the status of women during this time period did not necessarily change. This paper serves to examine the social and economic context of the status of women and their housework between the years 1895 and 1915. The paper will argue that this change of status is linked to the rise of the middle class, made...The end:
.....tribution of women to the family. In this way, according to Zelizer (2007) women began to become objectified as status symbols, in the same way that children were (Zelizer 1994), when they were no longer needed as labourers. Although this was to change around 1915 at the beginning of the First World War, when women were again needed for the war effort, the social shift continued as the rise of consumerism increased to ever-higher heights.References Jeune, M. 1895. The Ethics of Shopping. Fortnightly Review 57: 123-132. Zelizer, Viviana. 1994. Pricing the priceless child: the changing social value of children. Princeton NJ: Princeton University Press. Zelizer, Viviana. 2007. The Purchase of Intimacy. Princeton NJ: Princeton University Press.