Definition of women's work in US English:

women's work


  • Work traditionally and historically undertaken by women, especially tasks of a domestic nature such as cooking, needlework, and child rearing.

    • ‘Jane Humphries has published extensively on gender, the family and the history of women's work.’
    • ‘Eventually, the Union undertook a number of projects to investigate women's work.’
    • ‘Producing credible numbers for the value of women's work in the home is no easy task.’
    • ‘With the exception of especially hazardous work environments, labor statutes were written and promoted on grounds that only women's work should be regulated.’
    • ‘In this instance, exploring the seemingly unproblematic nature of women's work lays bare the materialist bias underlying Western theories of hunting and fishing.’
    • ‘Beautiful juxtapositions of hardness and softness, strength and delicacy, men's work and women's work - and all within the context of remaking material history.’
    • ‘The multi-dimensional nature of women's work experiences is a theme that runs through many chapters.’
    • ‘In contrast, women's work as domestics and in the field rarely provided opportunities to leave the plantation.’
    • ‘Though working with flax was considered mainly women's work, slaves were often kept as free labour to help process it for sale.’
    • ‘Apparently, women's work is still women's work, and it's still never done.’
    • ‘It is particularly noteworthy that in this regression and in other regressions for tasks that are usually treated as women's work, the coefficient for the husbands is much smaller than for the wives.’
    • ‘Is the path to gender equality to be found in supporting women's work at home or work in the market?’
    • ‘In the tailoring trade, male tailors used their wives to make button holes, turn cuffs and fell seams, tasks that continued to be considered women's work throughout the nineteenth century.’
    • ‘‘My projects come out of a concern with women's work, domesticity and the idea of using candy and food as material for art,’ London recounts.’
    • ‘The songs sweetened work, especially women's work in the home; two French lullabies are included among the thirteen older songs of the Chaisson family repertoire given in the third chapter.’
    • ‘Thus, by promoting the distinction between library work and hemstitching, Sharp negotiated prejudice regarding women's work, recognizing the lack of skill often associated with it.’
    • ‘Consult some primary sources detailing the nature of women's work and household activities such as business records, census enumerators' books, trade directories, household budgets and private diaries.’
    • ‘This is another task usually assumed to be women's work.’
    • ‘Old women are better off, and take up managerial responsibilities in directing other women's work.’
    • ‘This remains true to this day,’ he goes on, ‘and, despite school times and television times, the rhythms of women's work in the home are not wholly attuned to the measurement of the clock.’’