Never done: change and continuity in women’s work
29 March at 11:00 AM - 12:00 PMFree
‘A woman’s work is never done’ says the old saying, referring to the endless round of household tasks assigned to women in the past. Whether as ‘housewives’ or domestic servants, most women worked in the home throughout the nineteenth century, kept there by social conventions that barred women from many occupations. But from the 1860s other paid work began to emerge for women, in Victoria’s expanding manufacturing industry, and then later in office jobs. The rise and fall of manufacturing and the transformation of office work, is also a story of women’s changing world of work. Housework changed too, but slowly, and even now women perform far more household tasks than men.
In this presentation Margaret Anderson reviews the history of women’s work in Victoria within the context of both continuity and change.
This event will be presented via Zoom.
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