A Woman’s Work is Never Done

The work week and how it changed for women & a continuation of women’s fashions 1860s-1960s


Join us as we discover all the hard domestic work women have done through the decades and how this work – and expectations – changed as new technology developed. 

As managers of the home, women often set strict schedules for what work was to be done and when. Follow “Betty”, our archetypal woman, through her work week and learn just how busy she was and why these jobs were so important. Betty could be your grandmother, your mother, or maybe you. From Monday (wash day) to Saturday (cleaning), she is hard at work running her household (and perhaps working outside the home, too). Sunday is her day of rest and along with leisure activities, you can see some of the different clothing styles she might have worn for fun events over time.

From beating rugs outdoors to vacuuming, from drying and canning food to purchasing frozen dinners, from ordering at a counter in a general store to shopping at a supermarket, how Betty “did it all” changes a lot. What doesn’t change, though, is that a woman’s work is never done.

Exhibit opening Sunday, February 17th., 2019, 2 to 4 pm.