The Women’s Revolution May 1918
In the Household
What Can You Do
An exclusive interview with a woman that gave up everything to become a housewife
An inside look at the movement for women’s suffrage
Learn how to help advocate equality for women everywhere
In the Household I: Thanks for letting me interview you and understanding the hardships of a woman W: Thank you for having me. As a woman that lived in the 1910s, I have first hand knowledge of the difficulties and sacrifices that had to be made. I: First off, before you were married, what did you do? W: I was a nurse that worked in a hospital. I: What caused you to leave your occupation as a nurse? W: When I got married, my husband demanded I drop my career and become a housewife I: How did this make you feel? W: I was devastated to have to leave a profession, which I enjoyed. I: Why were you required to quit? W: Because my husband believed that I should stay in the house and help raise a family. He saw himself as the only person that should earn an income I: What were you required to do after you quit? W: I stayed at home, cooking and cleaning. I barely left the house. I: What were the results of this? W: Both my mental and physical health deteriorated. My hands started turning black because of all the cooking and cleaning that had to be done. I started to become tired very easily and got severe headaches. My stamina was weak and I could not work for long hours.
A photograph of two women holding a sign advocating for the right of women’s suffrage