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Gender Roles in the 50's and 60's

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Paul Steinmiller

on 3 December 2013

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Gender Roles in the 50's and 60's
Exploring the History of Gender Roles
First, we will look at women's gender roles in the 1950's. Then, we will look at the ways women's roles began to change in the 1960's. Last, we will view men's roles.
Women's Roles in the 1950's
In the 1950's women's roles went back to what was considered "normalcy" as men were coming back from world war two. The return of the men meant women could leave the workforce and were expected to be homemakers and subservient to their husbands. Additionally, women were expected to always be well kempt alongside keeping a tidy home.
Women's Roles in the 1960's
Women's roles were very similar to the 1950's in the 1960's except some women began working to break free from the confinement in the roles that were typical of women, such as a homemaker. Additionally, women began to seek out work positions that were usually performed by men because they had done those kinds of work while most men were in serving in world war two. Women were starting to assert themselves as equals to men in the workforce. Women started to express their dissatisfaction with their roles in society.
Men's Roles in the 1950's and 1960's
Men's roles in these time periods were generally seen as stable. The man was seen as the sole breadwinner of the family; he was in all ways financially responsible for his family and not expected to perform any housework. While some men supported equal rights in the workforce, many men were against women joining the workforce as equals and a tried to resist this change in society.
Women's role were beginning to change drastically and over the 1960's and next few decades strides would be made in workforce and role equality. The poems we are looking at "The Applicant" by Plath and "Her Husband" by Hughes were written during the 1960's , during the starting of great change in the roles of women this is great background information.
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