Monday, August 9, 1943
“Mother needs a vacation too” writes Gladys Huntington Bevans in today’s Chicago Tribune. Urging women to take some time for themselves away from “home cares,” she also gently chided fathers to make time for activities with their children. She even proposed what we would today call “cooperatives” whereby families traded off babysitting each other’s children so parents could go out for an evening. It was wartime and long before the concept of “date nights.” But even then it was not hard to see how stressed mothers were. So many goods were rationed or simply not available at all. Women, cooked, sewed, knitted, canned, gardened, cleaned….. Has anything really changed? It’s humbling that all these years later women are still struggling to balance all the demands on their time.