Women transformation: From housewife to homemaker

Traditionally women were entrusted with the responsibility of managing the household activities and the upbringing of the children. With the rising sun to late night, they managed to keep pace with the whirlwind of daily life. They took care of every need of every individual of the house but never complained

With the changing times women started coming out of their house and started making name for them in the world dominated by men. This was never easy as while trying to maintain balance between their personal and professional lives, they also have to fight against evils of society such as eve-teasing, molestation, sexual harassments. But still they never gave up.

In today’s world women have been successful in making a mark for themselves. From managing house to taking care of kids to handling of prestigious post, they have done it with shear perfection. Women have ventured into almost all the professions. Teacher, doctor, nurse, police officer, astronaut, film star, sport person, master chef, chief minister, prime minister, president etc are the new avatars of the traditional women.

Mrs. Indira Gandhi (1917-1984). She was the First lady Prime minister of India. She worked for the upliftment of the society and especially women. She has set an example for many ladies not only in India but whole world
Mrs. Indira Gandhi (1917-1984). She was the First lady Prime minister of India. She worked for the upliftment of the society and especially women. She has set an example for many ladies not only in India but whole world | Source

With the changing times women have surged into the professional world but under on circumstances they have given up their traditional roles and responsibilities. Being a professional, she is very much considerate about the house, family and their needs. She won’t leave a single stone unturned to meet those requirements. Although they have taken up a new role of professional working women, the traditional term “housewife” has been associated with them for long time. Any woman whether working as a professional or working at her house has been tagged as a housewife. But is this tag justified? No, women have maintained a status for themselves in the society and by no means should they be tagged with comparatively less-dignified term (housewife).

A woman changes a house bought by man into home by her way of doing things. She will be happy to have home and it does not matter whether it is big or small.
A woman changes a house bought by man into home by her way of doing things. She will be happy to have home and it does not matter whether it is big or small. | Source

No matter she is a wife who stays at house when her husband goes to work, but she is the lady who makes it house a safe place. A home---the safest place in the world---is made home based on the requirement of the family member. A man can buy a house but it is a woman who makes it home, so instead of tagging women as housewives its better to call them “homemakers.” Every aspect of the home is taken care by ladies with utmost care and enthusiasm. Other than a woman, no one can better understand such necessities of family members. From paint of the wall to furniture, to accessories, to food her every decision converts house to home. Hence the word housewife underestimates the effort they put in for making home

The happiest thing a mother can get is to see smile on the face of her kids. This is the most expensive gift a mother can get.
The happiest thing a mother can get is to see smile on the face of her kids. This is the most expensive gift a mother can get. | Source

Another important aspect of a woman’s personality is Motherhood. To be a mother is the biggest dream of every woman. Many ambitious homemakers have given up their jobs for cherishing those tender moments of being a mom. Later on such moms took on the professional responsibilities and emerged as “super-moms.” Other women who are go-getters but are not able to go out and work because of family member’s health problem have also shown the courage of being a super mom by working from home and supporting family.

Their sixth sense, steadfastness in knowledge and awareness helped them fought the social evils prevalent in the society and reducing the crime against women. Most importantly, homemakers and super-moms are keeping them up to date with the latest technology and the gadgets, which helps them keeping pace with the new generations. Hence Homemakers and super moms are narrowing the so-called generation gaps. Women have transitioned themselves from a traditional housewife to homemakers to super moms and days are not away when we will be addressing women as a new-generation women or new-generation moms

Like term "Homemaker" replaced the term "housewife," will the term "new-generation moms" be replacing "Homemaker"?

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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

I have to disagree with your statement "To be a mother is the biggest dream of every woman." Not every woman dreams, wishes, or desires to be a mother, myself included. I never dreamed of wanting children, in fact, just the opposite. I am happy I have my kids, but it wasn't something I set out to accomplish.

Some of my closest friends are women that have never wanted children and never plan on having one.

I also have to disagree with your statement " A man can buy a house but it is a woman who makes it home..." I have several friends that are in same-sex relationships. The are all professionals and share jointly in making their houses a warm and inviting home.

I understand where you are coming from with your hub, but I'm afraid you make a lot of assumptions and I'm sure there are a few others that will probably disagree with you as well. And there will probably be just as many that do agree with you. I'm just not one of them.


beccabt 4 years ago

I think you believe that this is somehow complimentary towards women and I think your motive was pure......but wow man. Seriously? What you have essentially just said is that all of a woman's value boils down to her home making skill and desire to be a mother. You recognise the many ways women contribute to society and still keep circling back to "and she can cook TOO".

Not only do many women not want to have children or even get married but many of them don't float around the house with a feather dusting , humming happy home songs to themselves. Some of us do chores because they need to be done but not with the tiniest glimmer of joy. Hell, I'm so domestically challenged I don't even have a single curtain in my house and only two mismatched pillows on my unmade bed.

You've also managed to insult men. There are plenty of men who are great at making a house a home.


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carol7777 4 years ago from Arizona

I don't agree with all that you have said--for sure. However, I respect what you have written and value your opinion. I never dreamed of being a mother...but did the job and loved my kids. Cleaning and cooking were part of the job description. However I had and continue to find things that mean a lot to me outside of the walls of the home. But I give you cudos for writing this article that seems to be dear to you.


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sonison 4 years ago from Heaven 7 Author

Thanks TToombs08 for your comments. This hub was NOT written to categorize women into whether they want to have kids or not rather to mention that it is better to address women as homemakers instead of housewife.

The motherhood is an attribute of the female fraternity. With due respect to your decision and your friends choice, exceptions are always there but here women are being referred on a whole.

The house converted to home point was also to indicate the innate capabilities of women, without any comparison to men.

I really admire your comments but again reiterate the hub was written for the ways women should be addressed not for any other demarcations or any comparisons. Thanks


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sonison 4 years ago from Heaven 7 Author

Hi beccabt,

Thanks for the reply. No offence to men but this hub defined why women, who are addressed housewives, should be called homemakers. Appreciation for the males who make great house but they are not addressed house-husbands so why we use term housewife. All innate capabilities of women have been defined but not by no means NOT compared to men


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sonison 4 years ago from Heaven 7 Author

Thanks carol7777 for your comments. This hub was NOT written to categorize women into whether they want to have kids or not rather to mention that it is better to address women as homemakers instead of housewife.

The motherhood is an attribute of the female fraternity. With due respect to your decision and your friends choice, exceptions are always there but here women are being referred on a whole.

The house converted to home point was also to indicate the innate capabilities of women, without any comparison to men.

I really admire your comments but again reiterate the hub was written for the ways women should be addressed not for any other demarcations or any comparisons. Thanks


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Well, I for one do not wish to be "addressed"

or categorized as a housewife OR a homemaker. It's not who I am or what defines me.


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sonison 4 years ago from Heaven 7 Author

Thank you very much!!! for your suggestion


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soni2006 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

Well-put thought.


beccabt 4 years ago

I think I now see where the problem ( for lack of a better word) lies. The way the article was written it sounds like you are addressing all women,but your comments seem to imply you were only talking about women who self identify as house wives/ home makers. Is that correct?

I don't think you realise how touchy of a subject this is for women. For nearly all of history the value of a woman has been her ability to produce offspring (males in particular). When a woman couldn't or chose not to she was seen as having something wrong with her. Children have been used as a mechanism for controlling wives , for forcing them the remain married and as an excuse not to hire/promote them if they do want to have a job. It is assumed that all women have some sort of overwhelming maternal instinct and that if you do not you are defective. To use U.S. politics as an example if I may look back on what was said about Sarah Palin when she ran as Vice President. Half of the country wondered who would care for her children if she won ( never an issue with male cantidates) and the other half thought that her biggest accomplishment was having 5 (?) children. Now I am not her biggest fan but it is completely unfair to her to be held to either one of those standards. On the flip side is someone like Janet Reno or Condeleeza Rice. Unmarried and childless , they are often looked at with suspicion. Are they gay? Are they man haters? Whats WRONG with them? The fact that they are both highly intelligent and highly competent in their fields doesn't seem to matter at all.

Yes, there are plenty of women who embrace motherhood and housewifey-ness with open arms....and thats a wonderful thing. Life is about choices and I believe everybody should be able to live the fullest life possible. However it is damaging to women as a whole to make that the default.

I do appreciate your response and the fact that you seem willing to have this discussion.


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Well said, Becca. :) Nicely done.


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sonison 4 years ago from Heaven 7 Author

@Becca

Yes the hub is all about how we address but not the self-identified. The hub is very touchy for the women but the intention is not to make any comparisons between working woman or homemaker. The article is about the hardwork women (professional or not) do for family. It was meant to highlight the less-dignified term housewife used for a person whose stature is higher than this term. So nobody should undermine their effort by using housewife for a homemaker. Not only in US but all around the world you will find women who are very intelligent and comptent, but as i said no comparisons were intended. A mother will be mother whether she is from India or US. The caring and piousness of her heart will be all same. I agree with you life is all about choices but we should be evaluting someone's hardwork before addressing them with any less-dignified term.

I am exteremly happy that you appreciate my willingness to discussion and thanks for your very valuable inputs. I really liked that.


beccabt 4 years ago

I hope I wasn't too US centric, certainly women all over the world are doing really great things :-)

Thanks Terrye!


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sonison 4 years ago from Heaven 7 Author

No you were not. Thanks


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soni2006 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

Nice conversation.


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sonison 4 years ago from Heaven 7 Author

Thanks Soni2006.


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izettl 4 years ago from The Great Northwest

I'm not going to concentrate so much on the labels. My concern is about women trying to do it all (exhausted superwomen)- I think one aspect or antoher is always being sacrficed. i used to work outside home. I talk to many working mothers and they say at any given time, one aspect is being neglected whether its work or children or home- I also link women outside the home to childhood obesity. It's risen dramatically in the last couple of decades and all the working moms I know go to fast food a lot for their kids.

That being said, I think many women who are professionals shouldn't be or don't even want to be- its too bad financially we've set ourselves up for having to work outside the home so that it isn't even a choice anymore. Some women are better off staying at home and they cant due to financial obligations- either single or husband doesn't make enough money for the cost of living.

I'm a stay-at-home mom AND stay-at-home worker. I do both and working from home while taking care of the home is tough. I don't care about the labels but I do care about the implications this all has on society, our kids (yes I believe more women should stay at home), and women in general.


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sonison 4 years ago from Heaven 7 Author

I respect you opinion and thanks for your mind lightening comments.


hemustincrease 4 years ago

I enjoyed this hub. I am a homemaker who also home educates her children ‘at home’ and am more than happy to be called by that title. I agree it is a superior title to housewife. The former presumes action. The latter presumes residence without much action.


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sonison 4 years ago from Heaven 7 Author

Thanks humustincrease for your comments and appreciation. Wish you luck in your motherhood and parenting.


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Karanda 4 years ago from Australia

Sonison I wonder if you knew how controversial this topic when you first had the idea to share your thoughts on women. I think you have done a wonderful job of pointing out your respect and admiration for women whether they be homemakers alone or try and juggle work, home, life balance. I have had my share of being a stay at home mother and working full time to help support my family. I always preferred being at home but I could never presume to know how another woman might feel.

At least you have started some interesting discussion in these comments. Nice work!


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sunilkunnoth2012 3 years ago from Calicut (Kozhikode, South India)

A different topic and well written with neatly packed capsules. Thank you for sharing.


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sonison 3 years ago from Heaven 7 Author

Thanks Karanda and Sunil for appreciating this work. It is good to hear such comments. Thanks a lot

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