Our discussion of The Satisfactions of Housewifery and Motherhood was very interesting and informative on what life was like when living in the shoes of a housewife. The Women’s Rights Movement was beginning and many women were going off to work in order to support their families as their husbands had done for so many years. Women who remained housewives were looked down upon by society. They were seen as mere parasites living off their husbands. Even family members would hesitate to tell others that their mother or wife was a housewife. Terry Hekker believed that she would be one of the last housewifes before their extinction. What Terry Hekker was trying to explain was that the occupation of a housewife was an acceptable job for women. Housewives benefited their families in numerous ways and they worked just as hard as any other woman who held a different occupation. We need to appreciate the work that housewives were able to accomplish and applaud those who stuck beside their families in order to care for them. Housewives truly are valuable women, one value that was and still is overlooked to this day.
Reflection of The Satisfactions of Housewifery and Motherhood/Paradise Lost (Domestic Division)