"Before twin tubs or mangles there were just tubs, no running water, gas or electricity - needing plenty of time and hard labour. A single load involved boiling, rinsing and you would need over 50 gallons of water to do that one load. This had to be transported from pump or well or possibly the tap to whatever receptacle you were using. Consider the carrying, lifting heavy water and water sodden clothes, sheets and all in the days of weighty wood and cotton and voluminous clothing."
"It’s apparent that labour saving devices such as washing machines have liberated us in one regard, probably freeing us up for other work and expectations that ensnare us in different ways."
© S. Marian, July 3, 2012
Take time out to read this piece about the one object the Vatican thinks has had the most profound effect on liberating women - “Liberty is a Washing Machine,” to be found on a “View From Outside the Box,” url: a dialogue