Women: The Roles Of Slave Women

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These domestic skills usually consisted of creating soap, preserving the food, cooking meals, and taking care of the garden as well as caring for the farm animals. As for the slave women, they also had to balance their lives as wives, mothers, daughters, sisters, and friends with their life as a slave. Thus, their work load was much more time consuming. While men could return from the fields and rest, women had to cook, clean, and take care of the children. White states that women “. . . sometimes worked long after their return from the fields, and long after the men had retired” (White, 1985, p. 122). None of the women’s duties to the slave owners or to their family could be left undone. Slave women had to balance all aspects of their lives
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