National Housewife’s Day brings back memories of my mother and grandmothers, all of whom were housewives.
These tendrils of thought remind me of their work to feed, clothe, educate and love me. For all they did, I am eternally grateful.
Housewives matter, and millions of Americans today will take the time to make it special for the housewife – be it their wife, mother and/or grandmothers – who work hard for their families every day of the year.
National Housewife’s Day: A History
No one knows who created National Housewife’s Day and when it was first celebrated.
What is known is that the term “housewife” is an old one, stemming from the days when most families were supported by one income.
Over time this arrangement has markedly changed, and today it is not always possible for one parent – more often now referred to as a homemaker, stay-at-home mom or domestic engineer – to stay at home.
Over the years a number of individuals have commented – from the positive to the negative – on what being a housewife means.
Quotes About National Housewife’s Day
“To be a housewife is a difficult, a wrenching, sometimes an ungrateful job if it is looked on only as a job. Regarded as a profession, it is the noblest as it is the most ancient of the catalogue. Let none persuade us differently or the world is lost indeed.” – Phyllis McGinley
“I need the reality of other people, work, to fulfill myself. Must never become a mere mother and housewife.” – Sylvia Plath
“I enjoy doing housework, ironing, washing, cooking, dishwashing. Whenever I get one of those questionnaires and they ask what is your profession, I always put down housewife. It’s an admirable profession, why apologize for it? You aren’t stupid because you’re a housewife. When you’re stirring the jam you can read Shakespeare.” – Tasha Tudor
“My father was a history professor, and my mother a housewife; she married a house?” – Sherrilyn Kenyon
“There was a period of time in America when the advertising world actually went to the housewives of America and had them write jingle that would appeal to them. It was actually brilliant marketing.” – Julianne Moore
“As a housewife, I feel that if the kids are still alive when my husband gets home from work, then hey, I’ve done my job.” – Roseanne Barr
“If she wasn’t careful, she’d slide without a ripple into the gently flowing stream of her old life, pulled back under the current without a whimper of protest. Another housewife lost in the flow.” – Kristin Hannah
“If you are a housewife, take pride in that.” – Anthea Turner
“I would be content being a housewife if I could find the kind of man who wouldn’t treat me like one.” – Terry McMillan
“American women were frustrated in just the role of housewife – but they managed to enlarge it. And they weren’t just housewives, they were community leaders.” – Betty Friedan
“Women are leaders everywhere you look – from the CEO who runs a Fortune 500 company to the housewife who raises her children and heads her household. Our country was built by strong women and we will continue to break down walls and defy stereotypes.” – Nancy Pelosi
“All work and no pay makes a housewife.” – Evan Esar
“I never want my kids to feel like I’m just some housewife who was just kicking it with my husband, because that’s not the kind of woman that I am.” – Tamar Braxton
“Mom was a housewife; Dad was an accountant. They taught me a lot about the value of working hard.” – Irene Rosenfeld
“Prostitutes don’t sell their bodies, they rent their bodies. Housewives sell their bodies when they get married.” – Florynce Kennedy
“Being an actress has something in common with being a housewife. They both look terribly easy to someone who hasn’t done them. And the easier it looks, probably the better you are doing your job.” – Glenda Jackson
5 Ways to Celebrate National Housewife’s Day
1. Take the Day Off
Ask, no tell, your husband and family that you’re taking the day off. Go out and do things you’ve been wanting to do.
2. Dance and Sing While Working
If you don’t want to take the day off, why not sing and/or dance as you work? Play your favorite songs, and for god’s sake turn the volume up and perform with all your energy!
3. Purchase Some New Stuff
Ask your husband or significant other to buy you a new carpet, washer and dryer, a new car – or whatever you are tired of using. Replace the old with the new to make your life a bit easier.
4. Party Time
Why not? You can do this with your family or with some friends. The point is to let your hair down and bit and have fun!
5. Going Sexy
Buy the sexiest clothes you want, and when you get home put them on and wait for the arrival of your husband or significant other. You provide the candles; he can provide dinner – and all that follows.
Many of today’s housewives and mothers work outside of the home for personal fulfillment and to meet financial obligations. But they also put the time and effort to clean, cook, attend school activities and accomplish whatever else it takes to care for loved ones.
Every so often my mother, who also worked as a bookkeeper, would tell me “that there is always something else that needs to be done around the house.”
She was right, and her statement highlights the importance of National Housewife’s Day.
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