I'm fascinated by all the amazing philanthropic work done by women in the past and have a vague, unformulated, untested theory that Day Jobs are to blame for what seems to be social inactivity nowadays.
We (women that is) got to a point where we could pursue careers, become family breadwinners (albeit poorly paid ones), have access to the same educational opportunities as men etc. While we've got nearer to equality, we've become more restricted in terms of what we can choose to do, i.e. become wage slaves.
No time to do useful things, no free choices (unless we're very lucky) in what to do ...
And of course we're far more materialistic nowadays, have lost the "make do and mend" attitude and everything's so expensive that our lives can end up all about the money, which reinforces the need to work for money etc
I know this is all too simplistic and I know that there were only ever a minority of wealthy women who could do the philanthropic work but I do think there's a big decline - may pursue this further in a more coherent way.
Anyway, really I'm just making excuses for not keeping the website up to date so early in its existence. Caught up with the Day Job - grrrrr