Kōrero: Women’s health

Housemaid's knee (1 o 2)

Housemaid's knee

Domestic service, the commonest form of paid employment for women, had its own hazards. Housemaid’s knee, an inflammation caused by kneeling, was one of the best-known. Floor scrubbing, low dusting, and stove and fireplace cleaning all meant kneeling. This woman, wearing the uniform of a domestic servant, is cleaning out a coal-burning stove. It was a dirty job done daily in most households.

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Auckland War Memorial Museum Tamaki Paenga Hira
Reference: C9423

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Megan Cook, 'Women’s health - Pākehā women’s health, 1840s to 1940s', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/31469/housemaids-knee (accessed 16 October 2021)

He kōrero nā Megan Cook, i tāngia i te 5 May 2011