I think you view it as most of the world views it but for many women it didn't feel like a thankless job and it was their pride and joy to take care of their family in this way. I know my Mom felt like that and I did and do too. We moved to a raw piece of land when I was 10 and lived off grid...not in the fancy way they do now, with other ways to get power, but hauling water from a spring, kerosene lights and wood heat. Lots of hard work to get and stay comfortable...no fans when it was hot, no AC, no cool or hot shower, no fridge for the first year but finally got an old Servel propane fridge...very tiny but better than cooling things in a spring or ice chest.Back in the day, women could not work outside the home since it took all their time just to clean their houseS, cook from scratch, haul the water from the well or pump, heat it, wash the clothes, dry them on the line, and iron them with a flat iron. Not to mention the constant chore of mending and making the clothes, knitting and darning socks, then add the normal women's chores of milking and making butter, collecting eggs, feeding the chickens, the all day chore of caring for children, planting and harvesting the garden and canning enough vegetables, meat, fruit to keep the family all year, and it was a thankless job with no time left except to try to get some sleep at the end of the day!