The Housewife's Identity

Magazines, books, and television programs scrutinizing the role of the homemaker in many countries today describe her as a disillusioned, frustrated woman who has forfeited her identity as a person. She is only Bob's wife or Mary's mother. She experiences life vicariously, living through her husband's work and her children's activities. Studies indicate also that she makes a desperate attempt to remain young and creative. Often she feels like the character in the Mother Goose rhyme:

There was an old woman who lived in
a shoe,
She had so many children she didn't
know what to do.

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At Home in God's Omnipresence
November 13, 1965

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