from Are Women People?, by Alice Duer Miller
(With rather insincere apologies to Mr. Rudyard Kipling.)
I went into a factory to earn my daily bread:
Men said: "The home is woman's sphere." "I have no home," I said.
But when the men all marched to war, they cried to wife and maid,
"Oh, never mind about the home, but save the export trade."
For it's women this and women that, and home's the place for you,
But it's patriotic angels when there's outside work to do,
There's outside work to do, my dears, there's outside work to do,
It's patriotic angels when there's outside work to do.
We are not really senseless, and we are not angels, too,
But very human beings, human just as much as you.
It's hard upon occasions to be forceful and sublime
When you're treated as incompetents three-quarters of the time.
But it's women this and women that, and woman's like a hen,
But it's do the country's work alone, when war takes off the men,
And it's women this and women that and everything you please,
But woman is observant, and be sure that woman sees.
Tuesday, January 31, 2012
when the men all marched to war, they cried to wife and maid...
In the past 150 years, largely as a result of war and economic growth, women have moved out of the domestic sphere. The Civil War, World War I, and World War II caused massive gender imbalances for a generation. Women entered the workforce to replace employees deployed in war, and then continued to work outside the home afterwards. At intervals, retrogressive "men's rights" movements counteract these changes. Society's need to repopulate after a war creates a cult of domesticity surrounding the wife and mother. Most MRA images of the Stay at Home Mother and the Ideal Wife come from the idealized 1950s wife.