Role of women in the 50s
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1950s And 60s Gender Roles
Postwar Gender Roles and Women in American Politics
A period that evokes happy homemakers and suburban subdivisions with manicured green lawns, the s was, in fact, a tumultuous era for women. Powerful post-World War II propaganda, such as persuasive advertising campaigns, encouraged women to seek husbands, settle down and have babies. Despite strong efforts to keep women in the home, however, the s was a time when a small number of women began to seek higher education and women's rights groups sought equal rights for working women. Media representations of family life in the s almost always included a woman -- a mother and wife -- at the center. Informed by such television shows as "I Love Lucy" and "Leave it to Beaver," the s was a time when women were expected to spend their lives raising a family. And for s women this was more than an expectation, it was often a reality. Following the end of World War II, women left the workforce that the war had opened to them -- a workforce again dominated by the men who had returned from war -- and returned to the home, where their responsibilities were largely domestic.
American society in the s was geared toward the family. Marriage and children were part of the national agenda.
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Mrs. America: Women's Roles in the 1950s
American society in the s was geared toward the family. Marriage and children were part of the national agenda. A Propaganda War Embedded in the propaganda of the time was the idea that the nuclear family was what made Americans superior to the Communists. American propaganda showed the horrors of Communism in the lives of Russian women. They were shown dressed in gunnysacks, as they toiled in drab factories while their children were placed in cold, anonymous day care centers. In contrast to the "evils" of Communism, an image was promoted of American women, with their feminine hairdos and delicate dresses, tending to the hearth and home as they enjoyed the fruits of capitalism, democracy, and freedom.
After the disruption, alienation, and insecurity of the Great Depression and the Second World War, the family, more so than ever before, became the center of American life. Couples wed early in the late s, the average age of American women at marriage was 20 and in proportions that surpassed those of all previous eras and have not been equaled since. They raised large families. Many moved to sprawling, affordable tract housing developments in the suburbs, bought modern conveniences ranging from cars to dishwashers, and enjoyed more leisure time. Smith of Virginia, and Congresswoman Katharine St. Led by Representative Griffiths, Congresswomen argued that employment laws should include both gender and race protections.
Were they the drably dressed women still queuing for food up to a decade after the Second World War had ended? Following her probes into the lives of women after the First World War and their roles in the Second, Virginia Nicholson moves forward into a decade that has only recently begun to receive the attention it deserves. For many women they were years of frustration at wartime gains lost, whereas others nursed a profound desire to return to the certainties of their pre-war lives. But for both the future was to prove circumscribed. Women might have had the vote on the same terms as men since , but for most that was pretty well the limit of their equality: working women were paid much less than men and despite the responsibilities and sheer hard graft many had endured in wartime, were still regarded as submissive and inferior beings. Educational opportunities were limited.