Webster's Dictionary defines a housewife as a married woman who is in charge of her household. The British Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary defines a housewife as "the mistress of a household; a female domestic manager; a pocket sewing kit". Some feminists   and non-feminist economists particularly proponents of historical materialism , the methodological approach of Marxist historiography note that the value of housewives' work is ignored in standard formulations of economic output , such as GDP or employment figures. A housewife typically works many unpaid hours a week and often depends on income from her husband's work for financial support.
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Oh, I’m “just” a housewife. It’s meaningless really.
Being a stay-at-home mum is nothing new. Born in west London, , my early childhood was conventional. Traditional if you will, with my mother staying at home, while my dad worked double shifts as a postman in order to keep food on the table. Joyce was an ex-nurse, married to Eddie, with three gigantic sons and I mean, gigantic - my dad is 6"7 , whom she fed three square meals, and dusted around during the day. A skill that added to the family coffers or might have afforded her pocket-money for a perm or two , but she was always, first and foremost, a traditional housewife.
Top definition. A Housewife is a woman who has chosen to not work outside the home for money, but rather devotes all time, energy and love into creating a safe, warm, clean home for her family to grow and thrive. She cooks, cleans, does dishes, laundry, childcare , shopping, countless errands and careful money management all while supporting her family and community through community service work, volunteering and general parenting. Commonly referred to as a stay at home mom or homemaker. After earning her master's degree she left her career after five years to be a housewife and mother.