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There was a girl walking

In the book Out to seek service historian Sølvi Sogner and ethnologist Kari Telste the history of the maids as a prism for social development and the position of women.


The tasks of past service girls were less limited and defined than today's trainees and au pairs experience. As late as 1937, a survey from Oslo showed that many service girls worked more than 12 hours a day.

Service was the only possible livelihood of many girls from the time they entered the adult ranks until they were forged into the hymn's links.

- The service time was also intended as an apprenticeship for expectant housewives, especially in the countryside, says Sølvi Sogner, co-author of Out to seek service – story about the maids.

Some were old in service. The army could or would not feel safe in the old age, long ago these struggles from society's bottom layer ended on the disgraceful poverty box.

Duty service and chambers

The book begins with pre-industrial times. In 1687, compulsory service was again legislated from six months to one year for all young people. In this way, the supply was to exceed the demand, and the people themselves were allowed to decide the conditions. This was further tightened by the penitentiary ordinance in 1741. . .

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