A lot has changed over the last 102 years, both in and out of the kitchen, and nothing makes that hit home more than this gem, published in the New York Times in 1907. It's a letter to the editor, written by Gabrielle Stewart Mulliner, entitled: "Women Enjoy Cooking, A Pleasure, Not a Drudgery, Once the Art is Acquired."
Gabrielle was inspired to write her letter after reading an article that discussed training women in the art of domestic service -- you know, cleaning, cooking and doing all those other house things for your man.
Her claim: Women wouldn't hate cooking and serving men if they were trained properly. Man, if only men knew this ... they could have quashed that annoying Women's Lib movement in a blink! It wasn't about liberation, but an organized outcry of mediocre frustration! They just needed to learn how to do it right.
I'll let you read the letter in all its glory yourselves, but here are a few highlights:
"As long as the race exists, men will have to eat, and some one will have to do the cooking."
"Housework done intelligently is not drudgery."
"Anything a woman can do well, she enjoys doing."
2009 suddenly has a wonderfully sweet ring to it. 1907 can stay well in the past.