What household chores did young women do in 1910?

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In 1910, a women's primary realm was the home.  Most women were housewives in this time and married women rarely worked.  Daughters were taught how to someday care for a home themselves, as that was the expectation.  They assisted their mothers or other female relatives with all chores relating to the home.  Among these chores were cooking, sweeping, mopping, canning, gardening, sewing, dusting, and laundry.

Young women living in rural areas might also weave cloth and care for animals, such as chickens.  Wealthier households usually had a small or large staff of servants to complete household tasks.  Women with servants usually managed household affairs and social engagements.  Their daughters would not do many chores around the house, if any at all.  Instead, they would focus on their educations and learning social graces.

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