Thursday, 9 August 2012


Housewife is a term used to describe a married woman whose main occupation is running or operating the family's home—caring for and educating her children, cooking and storing food, buying goods the family needs in day to day life, cleaning or maintaining parts of the home, making clothes for the family, etc.—and who does not generally maintain employment outside the home. Merriam Webster describes a housewife as a married woman who is in charge of her household. Homemaker is a mainly American gender-neutral term for a housewife or also a stay-at-home dad.

The term may sometimes be used in a derogatory sense, as part of a contrast with a career woman.
The term has also been used since the 18th century to refer to a small sewing kit, and is still used to describe a personal sewing kit used by soldiers and others, usually written and pronounced "hussif" in Britain.
SAHM is an abbreviation that refers to a "stay at home mom".

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