A woman’s place is in the home, or a woman’s place is in the kitchen reminds me of a story my father told me long ago. He was in the Canadian Navy and was in Scotland during WWII. He’d just met a young woman and she’d taken him home to meet her parents. After the introductions were made and everyone was seated in the parlour the girls’ father sternly said to his wife, “woman, get back in the kitchen where you belong.”
This angered my father and he was about to say something when the girl grabbed onto his arm as if to say leave it alone and just let it be.
Shortly after my father said he had to get back to his ship and left.
The origin of this phrase dates back to 467 B.C., where it was said: “Let women stay at home and hold their peace.”
There were various forms of the saying over the years and in:
November 1970, Time magazine printed a piece titled Newcomers in the House. Bella Abzug campaigned for office in the US Congress using the slogan “This woman’s place is in the House… the House of Representatives.”
This piece was written for Fandango’s February Expressions #6.