Historical Works:

Boris, Eileen. “The Home as a Workplace: Deconstructing Dichotomies,” International Review of Social History, 39:3 (December 1994): 415– 428.


Boydston, Jeanne. Home & Work: Housework, Wages, and the Ideology of Labor in the Early Republic. New York: Oxford, 1993.


Brown, Kathleen M. Good Wives, Nasty Wenches, and Anxious Patriarchs: Gender, Race, and Power in Colonial Virginia. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1996.


Buhle, Mari Jo, Theresa Murphy and Jane Gerhard, Women and the Making of America. New York: Pearson / Prentice Hall, 2009.


Cowan, Ruth Scwartz. More Work for Mother: The Ironies of Household Technologies From the Open Hearth to the Microwave. New York: Basic Books, 1985.


Crittenden, Ann. The Price of Motherhood: Why the Most Important Job in the World is Still the Least Valued. New York: Henry Holt and Co., 2001.


Davis, Angela. Women, Race and Class: The Approaching Obsolescence of Housework: A Working-Class Perspective. New York: Vintage, 1981.


Dudden, Faye. Serving Women: Household Service in Nineteenth-Century America. Middletown, CT: Wesleyan University Press, 1983.


Edmond, Wendy and Suzie Fleming. All Work and No Pay: Women, Housework and the Wages Due. Bristol: Falling Wall Press, 1975. In the collections.


Federici, Silvia. Wages Against Housework. Bristol: Falling Wall Press and the Power of Women Collective, 1975.


Federici, Silvia and Arlen Austin, eds., Wages for Housework: The New York Committee, 1972–1977. New York Autonomedia, 2017.


Folbre, Nancy and Barnet Wagman, “Counting Housework: New Estimates of Real Product in the United States, 1800–1860,” The Journal of Economic History, 53:2 (June 1993): 275–288.


Glazer-Malbin, Nona, “Housework,” Signs 1:4 (Summer, 1976): 905–922.


Hoeller, Hildegard, “The Cost of the Gift: Gender and Labor in Lydia Maria Child’s Writings,” Legacy 34:1 (2017): 17–20.


Hochschild, Arlie and Anne Machung, The Second Shift: Working Parents and the Revolution at Home. New York: Viking, 1989. Latest edition is 2003.


Kessler-Harris, Alice. Out to Work: A History of Wage-Earning Women in the United States, 20th Century Anniversary Edition (20th Edition) New York: Oxford University Press, 2003.


Kessler-Harris, Alice. In Pursuit of Equity: Women, Men, and the Quest for Economic Citizenship in Twentieth-Century America. New York: Oxford University Press, 2001.


Kessler-Harris, Alice. Women Have Always Worked: A Concise History. (Second Edition) Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2018. 


Miller, Claire Cain, “A ‘Generationally Perpetuated’ Pattern: Daughters Do More Chores,” The New York Times, 8 August 2018:


Mokyr, Joel, “Why ‘More Work for Mother?’ Knowledge and Household Behavior, 1870–1945,”

The Journal of Economic History, 60:1 (March 2000): 1–41.


Noonan, Mary C. “The Impact of Domestic Work on Men’s and Women’s Wages,” Journal of Marriage and Family 63:4, (November 2001).


Ramey, Valerie A. “Time Spent in Home Production in the Twentieth-Century United States: New Estimates from Old Data,” The Journal of Economic History, 69:1 (March 2009): 1–47.


Strasser, Susan. Never Done: A History of American Housework. New York: Pantheon, 1982.


Toupin, Louise and Kathe Roth (translator), Wages for Housework: A History of an International Feminist Movement, 1972–1977. London: Pluto Press, 2018.


Ulrich, Laurel Thatcher. Good Wives: Image and Reality in the Lives of New England Women, 1650–1750–. New York: Alfred A. Knopf and Co., 1980.


Policy Works and Statistics:


Department of Labor Infographic, 2013.  (This is in the exhibition.)


United States Census Bureau Infographics, 2018.


Women’s Bureau, US Department of Labor, “Facts Over Time.”


AAUP, “The Simple Truth about the Gender Pay Gap, Fall 2018 Edition.”


AAUW, “AAUW Report: Women Still Make 80 Cents on the Dollar,” April 9, 2018.


Graf, Nikki, Anna Brown, and Eileen Patten, “The narrowing, but persistent, gender gap in pay.” Pew Research Center, April 9, 2018.


Institute for Women’s Policy Research, “Pay Equity & Discrimination.” Accessed January 8, 2019.