The Washington Times - March 10, 2009, 06:56AM

The Vatican’s newspaper — l’Osservatore Romano — suggests that the washing machine did more to liberate women in the 20th century than voting rights and birth control, Reuters is reporting.

A weekend article titled “The Washing Machine and the Liberation of Women — Put in the Detergent, Close the Lid and Relax” says that a poll places the time-saving device ahead of working outside the home and abortion rights in liberating women. The article includes a comprehensive history of the washing machine.

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Sounds like the Vatican has stock in Maytag.

If the washing machine liberated women, what did the dryer do?  Besides dry the clothes, that is.

The washing machine liberated women, but the television recaptured them — and everybody else.

I would have guessed that voting rights were most responsible for women’s liberation, but that’s just me thinking outside the ballot box.