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Title: VATICAN: "Washing Machine Liberated Women Most"
Post by: Bianca on March 10, 2009, 08:25:12 am









                                           Washing machine liberated women most
       





Mon Mar 9, 2009
VATICAN CITY
(Reuters)

Feminists of the world sit down before you read this. The Vatican newspaper says that perhaps
the washing machine did more to liberate women in the 20th century than the pill or the right to
work.

The submission was made in a lengthy article titled "The Washing Machine and the Liberation of
Women - Put in the Detergent, Close the Lid and Relax."

The article was printed at the weekend in l'Osservatore Romano, the semi-official Vatican newspaper,
to mark international Women's Day on Sunday.

"What in the 20th century did more to liberate Western women?," asks the article, which was written
by a woman.

"The debate is heated. Some say the pill, some say abortion rights and some the right to work outside the home. Some, however, dare to go further: the washing machine," it says.

It then goes on to talk about the history of washing machines, starting with a rudimentary model in 1767 in Germany and ending up with today's trendy launderettes where a woman can have a cappuccino with friends while the tumbler turns.



(Editing by Jon Boyle)