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Historical laundry poster served as a reminder to pressers. Photo: newyorkhistoryblog.org

Last night I was lucky enough to see Clementine Ford launch her book Fight Like a Girl at Melbourne’s Athenaeum theatre. I was keen to hear Ford talk, to come down from my ivory tower in the …

Each one is still on the market today for clothes washing. photo: www.tribstar.com

Each one is still on the market today for clothes washing. photo: www.tribstar.com

vintage wash day laundry | Washing Machine

Miele Washing Machine with Wringer. Shown in the Miele Company Museum, Gutersloh, Germany.

A member of the Women's Land Army of America plows a field, with a plow drawn by two horses, California, 1917.

What 'Women's Work' Looked Like 100 Years Ago

19 Photos Of Women Working, 100 Years Ago A member of the Women's Land Army of America plows a field, with a plow drawn by two horses, California,

Still in use  and very useful for removing excess water from laundered clothing,

Still in use and very useful for removing excess water from laundered clothing,

Mother Jones  1837 - 1930  
LABOR LEADER    Mary Harris Jones, assailed in Congress as "the grandmother of all agitators," and hailed as "the miner's angel" by workers, fought against child labor and for decent conditions, fair pay, and safety in the workplace.

Mary Harris "Mother" Jones (August 1837 – November was a American schoolteacher and dressmaker who became a prominent labor and community organizer, who helped coordinate major strikes and co-founded the Industrial Workers of the World.

Before Unions came along, every day was "Bring your Child to Work Day."

TaxDodging Trump thinks working Americans are Paid too much!Labor 411 Thought about Take Your Child to Work Day

Hanging out the washing to dry - 1939--Gordon's mom always hung the clothes out to dry--no dryer !! My mom too in earlier days

Hanging out the washing to dry - mom always hung the clothes out to dry--no dryer ! My mom too in earlier days

In 1968 feminists protested the Miss America Pageant. Although no bras were actually burned during the event, a journalistic myth of bra burning was started and took hold as truth across the nation.

Title and symbolInterview with Carol Hanisch re: Miss America protest

The Homestead Survival | 1902 PDF Downloadable Laundry Manual | Homesteading | Off Grid

Laundry Manual for washing without electricity. Even if you didn't use it for laundry, it would make cool decoration.

Workers from the Homestead Steel Works, near Pittsburgh, PA.  Many, if not all, were undoubtedly Slovak, Russian, Polish, Rusyn, or Ukrainian immigrants working in the steel mills.

When I was working one day some of the other workers start to make jokes. I later found out that the jokes were polish jokes. These jokes were insulting to me and my culture.

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