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Homemakers are those responsible for the running of a home. In many cultures this is assumed to be the housewife, but homemaker is a more gender neutral term.
Homemaking is a mainly American term for the management of a home, otherwise known as housework, housekeeping or household management (the act of overseeing the organizational, budgetting, day-to-day operations of a house or estate, and the managing of other domestic concerns). This domestic consumption work creates goods and services within a household, such as meals, childcare, household repairs, or the manufacture of clothes and gifts. Common tasks include organising the households activities of daily living such as cleaning, cooking, and looking after children. A person in charge of the homemaking, who isn't employed outside the home, is in the U.S. and Canada often called a homemaker, a gender-neutral term for a housewife or a househusband. The term "homemaker" may, however, also refer to a social worker who manages a household during the incapacity of the housewife.
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- ↑ Collins English Dictionary Retrieved 2011-01-22