disclaimer....Iam a sah mom
I think the only place that age comes in is that when some of us were "younger woman" not cooking was much less of an option than it is now. My 20 something DDs have a lot more options for putting a meal on the table that they do not have to prepare (other than a bit of reheating) than I did at their age. So back then like it or not most learned how to cook.
I agree that with all of the options for not cooking it is not only the younger woman that are taking advantage of those choices but also any that consider cooking to be a bother they do not want to deal with. Most of my core of friends are empty nesters and some of them do as little cooking as possible.
The packaged food we had 20 years ago was very limited and of much poorer quality than the stuff I buy today. Really, it was mostly preservative laden crap. I love to cook and am very picky about ingredients, but I have no qualms about buying some of the delicious prepared foods they sell at Trader Joe's or Whole Foods. Often, it's as good as anything I could make and that simply wasn't true of the stuff available when I was in my 20s.
There weren't that many stores like Whole Foods around, esp on the east coast of the US, and when you could find a decent prepared meal, it was at a specialty shop and cost a fortune, out of reach for many young professionals.
My mom didn't like to sew and only did so because otherwise she couldn't keep the 3 of us girls in clothes. I learned to sew from her before I took sewing at school. By the time the 3 of us were in high school, she quit sewing our clothes and gave us the money for fabric so we could sew ourselves. It wasn't until several years ago that I found out that mom didn't like sewing and that's why she stopped when we learned how. She had the talent but not the passion. Cooking on the other hand, she loves. And still cooks way more than she and dad can eat. Which is a good thing as my sister doesn't like to cook and gets a home cooked meal out of mom every day with leftovers for lunch.
The truth may be out there but lies are in your head. Terry Pratchett
Sure if you liked fish sticks and french fries or Banquet fried chicken or Swanson's pot pies. Not nearly as much choice as now. And not only in the freezer section. I can get prepared fried or rotisserie chicken meals, deli sandwiches, tamales, and salads in the deli section, prepared main entrees in the meat section, and prepackaged salads and cut up fruit in the produce section. Frozen pizzas, burritos, egg rolls, waffles and pancakes, restaurant entrees in the frozen section.
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Always forgive your enemies; nothing annoys them so much.