We work harder than ever, and I cannot see the advantages in cooperative living.

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Like plowing, housework makes the ground ready for the germination of family life. The kids will not invite a teacher home if beer cans litter the living room. The family isn't likely to have breakfast together if somebody didn't remember to buy eggs, milk, or muffins. Housework maintains an orderly setting in which family life can flourish.

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It would be as wise to set up an accomplished lawyer to saw wood as a business as to condemn an educated and sensible woman to spe nd all her time boiling potatoes and patching old garments. Yet this is the lot of many a one who incessantly stitches and boils and bakes, compelled to thrust back out of sight the aspirations which fill her soul.

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Housework is the only activity at which men are allowed to be consistently inept because they are thought to be so competent at ev erything else.

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Public opinion actually applauds the young woman venturing into the business world, but it still obstinately (and quite illogicall y) protects the young man in his sacred right to know nothing of housework.

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Across the curve of the earth, there are women getting up before dawn, in the blackness before the point of light, in the twilight before sunrise; there are women rising earlier than men and children to break the ice, to start the stove, to put up the pap, the coffee, the rice, to iron the pants, to braid the hair, to pull the day's water up from the well, to boil water for tea, to wash the children for school, to pull the vegetables and start the walk to market, to run to catch the bus for the work that is paid. I don't know when most women sleep!

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