Dutch term – Wasvrouw

A wasvrouw was a laundress. It was an occupation for poor women, who were usually single or widowed.

Laundress, by Gesina ter Borch, about 1652.

Laundress, by Gesina ter Borch, about 1652. Rijksmuseum (Public Domain)

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