Mrs Sonnentag was one of my high-school teachers. I think my school friend would agree if I’ll call our former teacher a devoted feminist. Her wardrobe was classy and her makeup subtle. It was something about how she acted, walked, and talked that revealed that she wasn’t into submission at all. She was well educated, quite smart and loved literature.
I don’t recall much about her teachings but I still remember, like it had happened only yesterday, what she said about homemakers. No, I’ll have to disappoint you, I’m afraid. She did not talk down housework at all. Instead she started a heated discussion with the grinning boys who were sitting in the front row and who just made one stupid comment after another. Fact is, in the end, Mrs Sonnentag was praising the housewives.
“Wait a minute,” you might ask, “didn’t you say that she was a feminist?”
Yep. But somehow she knew how much the women who are working from home accomplish each day. So she went on to throw in her best argument:
“If she wouldn’t do the jobs, her husband would have to hire a baker, a cook, a child-care worker and a homework supervisor, a gardener, a private banker, an alteration tailor, a home designer, …” Then she also mentioned that most men would not be able to afford to hire and pay all of these workers.
“Now I do agree that, sadly, many of today’s homemakers neither had the right kind of upbringing nor a good start into their workplace. And then there are a lot of women out there who are not appreciated for what they are accomplishing each and every day.
“Perhaps you are one of those who doesn’t feel capable to do many of the tasks you would like to do at home. Don’t despair! There are some women out there who bake cakes that look like they have come from a confectionery shop. There are others who design and knit sweaters that could be displayed in a fashion boutique. So what? Do all homemakers have to be perfect in their housework tasks or be able to make designer clothes for their family? Nope! And surely a branded and designed dress might have a much higher cost to it, the one you create is the most unique one there is on earth. Think about it!
“Mrs Sonnentag got a point: Homemakers do accomplish a lot every day and the cost of hiring different workers for all these different jobs would cost a family much more. You see, you might not get “paid” for each job you are doing, but the work done by you is worth quite a lot of money!
“My goal on this blog is to create more posts that will teach and encourage young and old women to take the role of a wife and homemaker more seriously.