Being a Loyal, Not Critical Wife–Observations from the 1930s

Letter 1, 1937– It seems I am never with some of my married friends–girls my own age as well as those of the older generation–but they are complaining about their husbands, or criticizing them, one way or another. Perhaps you would not call that a lack of loyalty, but I feel that it is. I…

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Women Seeking a More Balanced Life- Opposing Perspectives from 1938

The following letters appeared in The Farmer’s Wife magazine and illustrate the age-long struggle women face in achieving a balanced life. Although I cannot say that I completely agree with either woman, I do lean more toward one of their positions. What do you think? (April 1838) Dear Editor: After looking around at some of…

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The Secret to Bearing Disappointment

A few thoughts, written in 1925 from a farmer’s wife’s perspective. Once upon a time, when I was a little child, there was to be held a splendid picnic on the last day of school. The morning dawned bright and cloudless, a refreshing wind was blowing, but the outlook was not bright for me. Something…

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A Practical Routine From “The Queen of Her Home” (1907)

First, for the day’s routine: 1. Before leaving your room in the morning open the bed and the windows. 2. Light the kitchen fire; put the breakfast to cook, fill teakettle with water, and place on kitchen table the things needed to prepare breakfast. 3. Sweep the sitting room. 4. Set breakfast table, make coffee…

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