Posted by ESC on October 12, 2000
In Reply to: Woman's place in the home - origin? posted by Jan Bradley on October 11, 2000
: I'm trying to find out where this phrase came from. Anybody have any idea?
I couldn't find an origin. But here's two of the earliest known (at least to the authors) occurences of the phrase in literature.
A WOMAN'S PLACE IS IN THE HOME - 1844 'J. Slick' High Life II. 121 A woman's place is her own house, a taking care of the children. 1897 'S. Grand' Beth Book xix. If we had.done as we were told, the woman's-sphere-is-home would have been as ugly and comfortless a place for us today as it used to be." "The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs" by John Simpson and Jennifer Speake (Oxford University Press, Oxford and New York, Third Edition, 1998).