We tend to imagine ancient women confined to their looms and their kitchens, and these tasks of course occupied a large part of their time, but they also did many other forms of work.
You can get an idea of these tasks by reading Proverbs 31:10-31, a poem describing the ‘Woman of Worth’. Proverbs 31 lists all the attributes of an ideal woman, listing her goals and tasks. These included:
✒ finding a respected, learned and well-to-do man to be her husband
✒ spinning and weaving cloth, to make the family's clothing and in the earlier period the tents they lived in
✒ making and selling finished items of clothing
✒ designing and making suitable clothing for all members of the household, for both winter and summer
✒ dressing herself well and attractively
✒ keeping herself physically and mentally strong and fit
✒ giving religious instruction to her children: she was their first teacher
✒ gathering food and assembling a varied and healthy diet for the members of the household
✒ administering the finances of the family and overseeing the family business, with all the necessary skills
✒ buying investment property wisely
✒ supervising investments and making a profit from them, then re-investing the profits
✒ performing charitable work and caring for the poor
✒ organizing and supervising the tasks of all the servants in the household
✒ overseeing the emotional and physical well-being of all the members of the household✒being available at all times to anyone who needed her.