Dutch term – Huisvrouw

Huisvrouw means housewife. Originally, the term was generically used for wife or goodwife. This could include women who had occupations, like midwives or laundresses. In the 1900s, the term shifted to mean a woman who did not work outside the home, including stay-at-home mothers.

Woman with cleaning utensils
Credits: J.D. Noske, collection ANEFO, Nationaal Archief (no known copyrights)

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