The digital exhibit A Woman’s Work is Never Done shares images and information regarding women during the time before the American Revolution through the time of the Industrial Revolution. A variety of working lifestyles are depicted in this exhibit, from domestic home life to factory work and war effort. This exhibit offers the opinion that the domestic home was an occupation that was time consuming and called for great effort. There are many images that show women working at home, taking care of family, cooking, cleaning, and various other domestic duties. In contrast, there are multiple images depicting women in a more masculine work place, such as merchant work, factories, and war time duties. This exhibit offers evidence that women during early America were multifaceted and worked in various areas, disproving the stigma that they were only domestic beings.
One image does stand out among the many in the sections of the exhibit. It shows women aiding men during a time of war. The section “Women in War” shows many images of women acting selflessly to help America during the Revolutionary War and the Civil War. There were many jobs they held such as nurse which would call them away from home for periods of time, like the men they left their families to aid during the country’s time of need. This reveals that women were brave and felt a sense of duty for their country; this idea is usually only associated with men, especially during war. Many women of war, however, were never recognized for their efforts, and only a few are known today. The images in this section, as well as the others, show how women were much more than domestic.
Overall, this exhibit shows the diversity of skills that women in early America possessed despite the stigma that they were only fit for domestic jobs.