Foreign News: Revolution Belowstairs

There are no more servants in Britain. Henceforth, servants are to be known as "houseworkers." The change was solemnized in London when Mrs. Clement Attlee (who for years was her own houseworker) formally opened the Mayfair headquarters of the National Institute of Houseworkers.

In cooperation with local authorities and the Ministries of Labor and Education, the Institute will offer training courses for domestics. Aspirants for the Institute diploma, if they are over 18, will be schooled in budgeting, needlework, cooking, laundry work, house repairs, etc. Those under 18 will take a stiffer course in the same subjects, and will receive further instruction...

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