The work of the housewife has often been the subject of popular songs. For example, „The Housewife`s Lament“ (from Sarah Price`s diary of Ottawa, Illinois, mid-19th century);  „Nine Hours a Day“ (1871 English song, anonymous); „A woman`s work is never done“ or „A woman never knows when her job is done during the day“;  „The Woman Who Works“; „How Five and Twenty Shillings were Expended in a Week“ and „A Woman`s Work“ (London song from Sue Pay`s music hall, 1934).  Peggy Seeger`s „The Housewife`s Alphabet“ was released in 1977 as Blackthorne Records Single with „My Son“.  Being a housewife was only realistic in middle- and upper-class families. In working-class families, it was typical of women to work. In the 19th century, a third to half of married women in England were worked in the census as well as for external remuneration, and some historians believe that it is a subpopulation.  Among married couples who could afford it, the woman often managed housework, gardening, cooking and children without working outside the home. Women were often very proud to be a good housewife and to have taken care of their homes and children with respect. Other women, such as Florence Nightingale, worked in non-manufacturing occupations when they were wealthy enough not to need income. Some occupations open to women were limited to unmarried women (for example. B teaching). Some feminists and non-feminist economists (particularly proponents of historical materialism, the methodical approach to Marxist historiography) find that the value of housewives` work is ignored in standard formulations of economic performance such as GDP or employment.
A housewife typically works a lot of unpaid hours a week and often relies on her husband`s work income for financial support. In 1911, 90% of women were out of work. Ann Oakley, author of Woman`s Work: The Housewife, Past, and Present, describes the role of a 19th century housewith woman as „a degrading work, made up of monotonous, fragmented works that did not provide financial compensation, much less recognition.“  As a middle-class housewife, the typical task was to organize and maintain a home that recognized the financial success of the male breadwinner. During this period, the role of the housewife was accepted not only in society, but also a sought-after wish.  Finally, because of the difficulty and consumption of these tasks, women began to focus exclusively on a profession. By focusing on a particular niche, women spending more time outside the home, where they could prosper independently. „I`m just sad that we couldn`t agree on next season,“ the single father told PeopleTV`s Reality Check on Monday. „I live in this sadness.“ „There is an exciting movement of Millennial women who decide to stay at home with their children and run the house,“ she says on the blog. „They create what it means to be a „housewife.“ Full-time housewives in modern times generally share the incomes of working household members; Full-time workers benefit from the unpaid work of the housemaker; Otherwise, the performance of such work (childcare, cooking, home cleaning, teaching, transport, etc.) could be budgetary.  U.S. states with common ownership recognize common ownership of matrimonial property and income, and if no marital or post-catch-up agreement is respected, most marital households in the United States work as a joint financial team and collect taxes together.