Different Types of Maids

Kitchen Maid
Domestic service has long played a major role throughout the history of every nation o­n Earth. Domestic service is an area of employment that involves completing a variety of jobs in the employer's home for some type of compensation, usually wages. Many people tend to confuse domestic service with slavery, but the two roles are different in many ways. A slave is considered a piece of property as opposed to an employee, and is forced to labor for a master against his or her will. o­n the other hand, a domestic servant works voluntarily for wages and is free to leave at will. The lines between slavery and domestic service have often been blurred because so many domestic servants became the equivalent of slaves after their employers purposefully forced them into debt. These domestic servants often were forced to sell themselves into years of slavery as a means of paying debts to their employers. Domestic service, by its proper definition, became much more common following the outlawing of slavery in most nations during the 18th and 19th centuries.

Domestic service was perhaps most prominent during the 19th century, at which point slavery had been outlawed or was at least discouraged in most nations. Following the abolishment of slavery, domestic service became a huge occupation among women in nations such as Britain and the United States. In these areas, domestic servants were split into upper and lower classes. The upper class of domestic service included butlers, governesses, footmen, housekeepers, head cooks and head maids. o­nly wealthy families were able to afford upper class domestic services, especially male servants, for which families had to pay a servant tax. The lower class was made up of kitchen maids, nursemaids, housemaids, and stable boys. Many middle class families employed o­ne or two lower class servants to perform menial household tasks.