The New Man
April 21, 1925 — Woman’s World’s Fair, American Furniture Mart Building, Chicago IL
[She said her 50 years of teaching women about their kitchens had resulted in taking women out of the kitchen.}
That is just what we pioneers wanted. Women are better companions to their husbands now because they are less tired and have more varied interests. Women are welcomed in professions where they were hooted down when I was a girl. All this never could have been accomplished without the new man. He has taken the kitchen drudgery on his own shoulders.
No one ever heard of a man canner when I was a girl. My mother did all her own caning. My mother mad her own soap, and cured hams as well. Se sent for women tailors, who came into the house and made the clothes of the man in the family. Those days are gone forever.
Today men make the soap; men examine the milk. A woman buys a skirt in the store, but wants it lengthened; a man steps forth. We have men dressmakers and men milliners, and they make more money at it than the women ever made. We have linoleum floors, steel wall sin our kitchens which require only to be washed down; we have eliminated scrubbing brushes, brooms and coal stoves. We have electric and mechanical apparatus for lightening the burdens of housework, thanks to the ingenuity of the new man who manufactures them.
Source: New York Times, April 22, 1925, p. 10.