All Work and No Pay: A History of Women's Invisible Labor

March 4, 2019 – February 2020

National Museum of American History
14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC

1st Floor, Center, History Highlights Cases Floor Plan

Explore the history of women’s work in the home and the value and implications of unwaged labor. Despite making steps forward in the paid labor force, there is an implied and historical expectation that women will take care of the housework and unpaid work at home. Costumes meant for domestic work from colonial America to the 1990s and objects from various ethnic communities and classes highlight how women shared similar tasks across race and class despite the complicated dynamics and inequalities between them.