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Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The washing machine? How about the computer! 

There's a new article out that argues that the washing machine "liberated" women.
That's silly. Sure, the automatic washer saved hours of labour per week -- but very often that labour was performed not by wives but by landresses or at laundries.
Doesn't anyone remember the "shirt laundry" anymore? I used to work at one.
Nope, it was the computer that turned everybody into their own secretary.
And without the easy, mindnumbing seduction of readily-available typing pool jobs, millions of women found they could learn more than typing and do more than sit at a desk and handle somebody else's letters -- and earn a lot more in the process.
And with birth control, women could hang on to those good jobs, too.

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