Women and Leisure: A Study of Social Waste

Women and Leisure: A Study of Social Waste

Women and Leisure: A Study of Social Waste

Women and Leisure: A Study of Social Waste

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This book was undertaken out of curiosity. That curiosity turned on the question of what women are doing with themselves, at what activities they are engaged, what are their desires and ambitions in regard to those activities, and what are some of their possibilities.

The development of machinery brought a great leisure to the world, but circumstance, necessity, social convention, call it what you will, has distributed this leisure most unevenly. Women are the inheritors of the Industrial Revolution. The question arises, to what use have they put their new leisure? Many of the tasks of the home have been lifted from their shoulders, with the result that some women are without any job at all, some on no better than a quarter- or a half-time job, while some are working double time.

Now these women who are on the part-time jobs are growing fat and intellectually flabby; they are cajoling themselves into believing that the care of a small household is a full-sized job, their minds are going soft like their bodies. Not all women! Not all, but a very great many. This gift of leisure is a Greek one; it may be a vicious one, a soul- destroying gift.

But they are not satisfied, these women on the part-time home jobs. Some, it is true, do appear as . . .

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