the washing machine did more to liberate women than the pill and abortion...so true
UPDATE: It seems that that line has a pedigree:
Leave it to the Vatican to find a unique way to celebrate Sunday's International Women’s Day, by championing the washing machine as the greatest instrument of women's liberation in the 20th century.
“The Washing Machine and the Liberation of Women - Put in the Detergent, Close the Lid and Relax,” read the headline in the semi-official Vatican newspaper, l’Osservatore Romano, reports Reuters.
“What in the 20th century did more to liberate Western women? The debate is heated. Some say the pill, some say abortion rights and some the right to work outside the home. Some, however, dare to go further: the washing machine.”