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Many adepts in alchemy wrote that the art was really quite easy and, when once known, “child’s play and woman’s work”.
Yes it is so simple that most aspiring alchemists are missing it. The only thing that needs to happen is to purify one's mind. Instead a lot of alchemists were and are still looking for the answer in laboratory chemical work.
The term "women's work" is probably derived from the fact that women did the laundry. Doing the laundry is another symbol for purification.