|GR: Turnover of female servants
Written by Mandy N
(10/28/2003 10:14 a.m.)
in consequence of the missive, GR: female vs. male servants, penned by Zoe
Presumably there was a high turnover in female staff as house maids,cooks and nurses left service to get married or have children. I think cottage industries provided these women with another form of paid work;straw-plaiting (for the hat and bonnet trade),button making and handloom weaving. In addition to the unpaid burden of managing home; cleaning, cooking, sewing ;nursing and bringing up the children-it would have been very difficult for village women to return to domestic service.
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