Posted by: mollyrossiter | March 9, 2009

The liberating washing machine

washing-machineYou could create a laundry list of things that could have contributed to the liberalization of women: gaining the right to vote, working outside the home, birth control.

According to Pope Benedict XVI, though, the washing machine has done more for the women’s liberation movement than anything else, the official Vatican newspaper Osseratore Romano, reports.

At first blush one might think — as I did — that women weren’t being liberated much beyond the basement or the washroom. But the article goes on to credit the machine with giving women more time to follow other pursuits — no longer were we standing at the tub and washboard scrubbing every item.


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