More work for mom

7/1936

Traditionally, “women’s work” on the farm included chores like caring for smaller animals, vegetable gardening, child rearing, housework, and food preservation. By 1936, when this photo of a South Dakota “farm woman” checking her pantry supplies, was taken, the farm woman’s role as the family’s primary shopper had become more central as a range of consumer goods were more widely available.

National Archives, Records of the Extension Service


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