Does just what it says on the tin. Good material overview. Interesting how some desperately obvious things (Handling of money by women, for example) remain kind of mysterious because they must have been so obviously and unintrusively part of the every-day that no one actually bothered to ever write about them much. The transition into recognizable modernity is also sort of neat to observe, paralleling processes that would go on taking place around the world for decades yet (and still are, in a few places.) The book is rather too brief to make a strong case for middle class woman driving domestic progress, but it does seem like an intuitive conclusion.