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Re: time to vent now gender/work

Wonderful story...noticed that she was not married.  Several of my
husband's great aunts lived like that...growing their own food right up to
the time they died...in their late 80s and early 90s...very
self-sufficient.   Just finished a book of a collection of letters (Letters
of a Woman Steader by Elinore Pruitt Stewart)  from a woman whose husband
was killed in an accident...leaving her with a small child in the late
1800s.  She had to find a way to earn a living and ended up moving to
Wyoming to keep the house of a Scottish man.  She said the ranch work was
not any harder that washing clothes (that is what she had been doing in New
Orleans to keep herself and child) and that women could also gain land (she
actually bought land and established a homestead with her earnings).  

Bonnie Zone 6+ ETN

> [Original Message]
> From: james singer <jsinger@igc.org>
> To: <gardenchat@hort.net>
> Date: 06/23/2004 1:44:08 AM
> Subject: Re: [CHAT] time to vent now gender/work
> With all this gender talk, I thought this might be of interest.
> http://www.nytimes.com/2004/06/20/obituaries/20buck.html
> On Tuesday, June 22, 2004, at 11:15 PM, cathy carpenter wrote:
> > Don't know what folks would call west central IL...but here, most of 
> > the women mow the lawn. I have steadfastly refused to do so, as I know 
> > DH would happily cede the job to me...and I most emphatically don't do 
> > lawns. With 2.5 acres, the planting and weeding are quite enough thank 
> > you!
> > Cathy
> > On Tuesday, June 22, 2004, at 06:46 PM, Libby Valentine wrote:
> >
> >> Well, I've never lived in the Bible belt and probably never will, 
> >> though
> >> since I left western Massachusetts I somehow keep ending up in very
> >> conservative counties/towns.  There are a LOT of people out there who 
> >> think
> >> dad brings home the paycheck, fixes the car, and mows the lawn while 
> >> mom
> >> keeps the house, fixes dinner and raises the kids; or if that's not 
> >> how it's
> >> happening, it's the way it should (always) happen.
> >>
> >> Around here, as far as yard work and snow shovelling, it certainly is 
> >> more
> >> convenient to stay warm and relaxed inside while the men do the 
> >> work... why
> >> do I have to have my own snow shovel? <LOL>
> >>
> >> Libby
> >
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> Island Jim
> Southwest Florida
> Zone 10
> 27.0 N, 82.4 W
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