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Counter Intelligence: Washing Machines Liberate Women

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    The washing machine did a lot more for the women's liberation movement than the contraceptive pill, according to an editorial in the Vatican's official newspaper.

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    • The washing machine did a lot more for the women's liberation movement than the contraceptive pill, according to an editorial in the Vatican's official newspaper. The piece ran in the broadsheet under the headline: "The washing machine and the emancipation of women: put in the powder, close the lid and relax." The paper argued that washing machines had liberated women from the dull monotony of household chores and therefore contributed more to the emancipation of western women than working outside the home or the pill.
       
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