I found a wonderful article about a book featuring Louisa May Alcott and 3 other women authors in a study on American women authors’ domesticity. Here is an excerpt from the article – the link is at the end of the excerpt so you can read the whole article:
Newswise — Brooklyn, NY — The ways in which four major American women writers — Harriet Beecher Stowe, Louisa May Alcott, Willa Cather and Edith Wharton — dealt with their domestic roles and how they portrayed this domesticity in their work is the focus of a new book by New York City College of Technology (City Tech) Professor Caroline Hellman . . . Domesticity and Design in American Women’s Lives and Literature: Stowe, Alcott, Cather, and Wharton Writing Home.
“My book is the story of independent female authors who had unusual relationships with home; they moved frequently either to repeatedly begin anew the processes of designing and decorating or to avoid domestic obligation altogether,”she says.
Hellman adds that it is also “the story of these women authors creating female characters who had strikingly different relationships with domesticity as they contended with significant burdens of housekeeping in an oppressive domestic environment.”