Story: Men and women in the city

Domestic drudgery

Domestic drudgery

In her 1959 painting ‘Woman at the sink’, Jacqueline Fahey attempted to subvert the cultural norm of women’s unpaid domestic work being less valuable than men’s work in the paid workforce. The painting also conveys the sense of entrapment and isolation some women felt in being confined to the domestic sphere.

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Oil on board by Jacqueline Fahey

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Caroline Daley, 'Men and women in the city - Suburban women', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 20 June 2024)

Story by Caroline Daley, published 11 Mar 2010