Women in American Society

Women in American Society

It is hard to believe: American women spend about as much time on housework today as they did one or two centuries ago. In the 18th century, to take an example, when fine wheat flour replaced homegrown corn and rye in most households, not only was the simple process of baking bread with cornmeal replaced by a much more complex process of baking white bread, but baking pies became fashionable—to the point where at the beginning of the 19th century French travelers, who were, after all, used to good cuisine, praised New England’s “cake-inventive housewives and daughters.” True, a new gadget, the eggbeater, relieved some of the burden, but at the same time angel-food cakes became popular. Since this meant that yolks and whites had to be beaten separately, the work was doubled.

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Lima