In the mid-1700s, a washerwoman and poet named Mary Collier published a poem in response to poet Stephen Duck, who had demeaned the contributions of working women in comparison to working men. The poem is a scathing rebuke of Duck and a detailed look at the drudgery of farm, service, and domestic work of the era for women.

These are a few excerpted lines of the poem with visuals and immersive sounds to click through and animate.  

Find the full poem through Project Gutenberg online. 

Sounds sourced at


Note: This is a project for ENGL 410F at the University of Waterloo for the 2021 Winter semester.

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