housewifery

A New Deal For Women, from 1936

Right in the middle of Roosevelt’s New Deal program of the 1930s, one woman suggested that homemakers adopt their own new household policies. Today, 85 years later, I still think they’re applicable for today. Enjoy.

I, for one, think it’s high time that we hear something about a New Deal for women. I make the motion, second it, and unanimously decide that we women initiate the following New Deal to begin on the next sunshiny day.

1.   A couple of hours off for rest and recreation each afternoon–and by recreation I don’t mean darning socks or struggling over Junior’s homework.
2.   A discard of all those faded, shapeless house dresses we’ve been wearing and some new ones of bright gingham, print or lawn (pink’s a nice color. So’s yellow. And don’t forget the ruffles.)
3.   Less attention to dusty corners and more to face and figure–after all, John doesn’t notice a shiny house so much as a shiny nose.
4.   More smiles and less spanks for Junior.

5.   More kisses and compliments for Friend Husband–“My, you’re good looking this morning, darling.”
6.   A rousing, peppy song several times a day, even if it does frighten the cat (she needs some excitement.)
7.   One meal a week of everything that you like instead of cabbage for John and cheese straws for Junior.
8.   A beautiful verse or quotation committed to memory every day.
9.   Time off to attend home demonstration meetings, club pow-wows, and other things, “just for myself.”
10.  Less worrying–after all, what difference will it make a hundred years from now?

And remember–good humor is to a home what salt is to soup.

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4 Comments

  1. Connie says:

    I am thinking that number #3 is the one that I should wrap my thoughts and actions around.

    1. Amalia says:

      🙂

  2. Regina Shea says:

    I love this! My favorite was number 6. I don’t know if our cat likes to hear singing or not but she sure meows like crazy when she hears it,

    1. Amalia says:

      That’s funny! She prefers duets, I guess!? I need to apply #2 to dishtowels, washcloths, and linens. Somehow they’ve all gotten stained and ratty-looking, and all at the same time.

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