Side by Side: Female
- "Monday washing as usual."
- Clarissa S. Burgess, Galesburg area, May 1,
- "Lovisa is sitting working on a quilt...She also knits
stockings and sews clothes both for the family and others."
- P.M. Sall, Andover, 1871.
- "A cultivated taste will express itself in all its surroundings
from the selection and fitting of a calico dress to the pictures
upon the walls and the statuettes on the brackets."
- Mrs. Sarah C. Harris, Galena, ca.
- "Some times everything annoys me so, and try ever so much, I
cannot be patient with the children as a mother should. Then it
seem as if they of course thought of every prank and ugly thing
they ever knew, and when the last one is stowed away to sleep, Oh!
what a relief."
- Fedelia B. Westerfield, Wilmette, Tues. Feb. 5,
- "I rose early and helped get breakfast. Mary came up early. We
cleaned the sitting room, hall and closet."
- Alice Elizabeth Schall, Port Byron area, Mon.
Nov. 8, 1880.
Not all men and women kept to their respective
roles. In farm families, women sometimes helped with the field work
and men sometimes helped around the house. Even in town, women
sometimes became part of the labor force. Many women were employed
as teachers or factory workers. In the 1870 Illinois census, over
7,000 women were listed in occupations that could be classed as
independent businesswomen. Almost 80% were dressmakers, milliners,
and seamstresses, occupying trades that still fit within the
boundaries of acceptable female behavior at that time. Other
prominent women's trades were boardinghouse keeper and teacher of
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