A young woman has been making headlines this week after being featured in a BBC short clip.
Mrs Alena Kate Pettitt used to work in marketing as a high-flying 20-something in London she spent her time partying with friends and climbing the career ladder.
Now, she has become a part of the growing Tradwife – or Traditional Wife – movement.
She said that she is “the CEO of my own company, which is essentially my household” after swapping her old life for one as a stay-at-home wife and mum.
She spends most of her days cooking, cleaning and looking after the home until her husband returns from work.
Alena, who lives in the UK and is also a Danish citizen, enjoys collecting vintage items such as dinner sets and mothercraft items – bought with an allowance she is given by her husband every month.
Alena has set up a business, The Darling Academy , which offers courses to those who want to become a perfect British homemaker.
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She is also the author of two books, 'Ladies Like Us' and 'English Etiquette'.
To the BBC she said: “It’s harnessing the best about what made Britain great during that tim where you could leave your front door open and know that you were safe, and you knew your neighbours in the street.”
She added: “We can have that again, things are changing so fast. We don’t even know the identity of our own country anymore.”
As a part of the Tradwives movement – a group of women who choose to live a more traditional lifestyle featuring old-fashioned male and female roles – she’s written a number of articles.
These include: “Your husband should always come first”. “Ladylike ways to deal with sneezes and sniffles” and “How to be elegant in the morning.”
On her YouTube channel She said: “I’m completely empowered. people think that being a submissive, if you want to use that work, traditional housewife at home, we’re you know, not very smart, or weak, or have no value.
“But we;re incredibly switched on.”
She added: “It’s empowering to say I don’t want part of the modern narrative that says you are less than if you stay at home.”
She also said: "We've incredibly undervalued. Think about it, did you not want your mum there?
“Did you not want your traditional wholesome supportive loving environment to be brought up in. I'm not saying that anything other than that isn't but it's the model way and it's beautiful to be able to live it.”
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She continued: “Don't make us feel like we're not worthy of staying at home. We're raising the next generation of people who are going to be making policies that affect your future.”
Alena claims that growing up in the ‘90s was difficult as women were pushed to “fight the boys” and “go out and be independent and break glass ceilings.”
She said: “I just felt like I was born to be a mother and a wife.
“What I really related to were the old shows of the 1950s and 60s.”
Alena grew up in a single-parent household where her mum had to work and she viewed this as a burden on her mother.
She says that she decided to “rebel” when she met her husband who also values traditional ideals.
Alena said: "He said, 'I know that you want a man to look after you and to make you feel secure' and he offered himself as that person.
"As soon as that happened, I was just like, finally someone sees it. Finally I can be myself and I don't have to hide who I am anymore."
She claims that in her 20s she felt that TV and other media outlets convinced her that working should be “liberating” for women and that they should “follow their sexual desires.”
Eventually she discovered the Tradwives underground movement and felt pulled to that way of life.
Alena said: "With the tradwife movement a lot of people want to label you as something, you know. Something that you might not have even thought of.
"Someone even said about 'this type of housewife was promoted by the Third Reich', and it's like, was it really?”
She added: ”My view on feminism is that it's about choices. To say you can go into the working world and compete with men and you're not allowed to stay at home – to me is taking a choice away."
After being featured in the Telegraph, Alena took to her Instagram – which has 7,406 followers and says that she is a public figure – to say: “Tomorrow’s chip paper, we’re in the Telegraph today. I say WE because this isn’t about me, it’s about US, ladies like us!
“I didn’t have time to speak to their journalists yesterday… but I’m so glad it’s making waves.”
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She added: “WE know we’re not trying to change the way women live their lives – just fighting for our corner that’s been in the dark and mocked for so long.
“This is almost a campaign! Fighting for the Housewife’s right to be herself!”
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