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Next time you feel like griping because there are dishes in the sink or the rug needs to be vacuumed, pick up this book. It is truly an eye-opening perspective on housework, not to mention a history of the tools of the trade. What is startlingly apparent is that the daily job of maintaining a home was incredibly hard work which became relegated to women as men increasingly defined their roles outside the home. This was physically intensive labor that did not leave women much time for anything else. We like to think that we are self-sufficient, but most of us are so ultimately dependent on the the gadgets of our modern, industrialized society, from pre-packaged food to running water, that we we don't realize how much it has changed work in the home. In part a history of housework, Susan Strasser also reveals how women's lives were shaped by these activities. As the trend toward moving work back into the home gains momentum, it will be interesting to see what divisions and unity of labor occur, and how this will change the way we think about the space we inhabit or how it inhabits us. -- From The WomanSource Catalog & Review: Tools for Connecting the Community for Women; review by Ilene Rosoff --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Susan Stasser is the author of Waste and Want and Satisfaction Guaranteed: The Making of the American Mass Market. Her articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, and The Nation. A professor of history at the University of Delaware, she lives near Washington, D.C.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Informative, about the changes in lives of women with the inventions of hurricane lamps, vacuum cleaners, refrigerators, etc. Read morePublished 6 months ago by C. Braden
Amazingly informative book...when I read this, I wondered how women survived all that housework -- what was commonplace 150 years ago sounds like endless drudgery to us now. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Deborah H. Gould
There are so few books that are written on the seemingly mundane and simple task of house work that go this in-depth. This book was so helpful and used so many good sourcesPublished 20 months ago by casey Lauger
You will have a greater understanding of what a Victorian housewife's life was really like after reading this book. No wonder people died young - they were exhausted.Published 21 months ago by D. Fellix
If you've ever wondered, "how things were done before the invention of such and such common household item?" this book has the answers for you. Read morePublished on April 6, 2010 by K. Paddock
The contemporary reader will have a new appreciation of modern appliances after reading Susan Strasser's Never Done: A History of American Housework. Read morePublished on July 23, 2009 by Meghan Goodrich
I first read Never Done in 1988 as a college student studying women's history. I enjoyed it then, and I enjoyed it again this time as a re-read. Read morePublished on October 6, 2006 by frumiousb