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Gender Roles in the 1950s

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Justin Fouts

on 18 October 2012

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Gender Roles in the 1950s Women were the underprivileged gender that suffered great discrimination. A lot was expected of them Men were the suppliers of their families. They expected to come home to a cooked meal on the table, and calm and soothing environment. Men's Roles in the 1950s Women's Roles in the 1950s In conclusion the husband was the leader and the supplier of the home, and his wife supported him, and the children looked up to him. The General Conclusion The man is expected to be the strong one of the relationship. The man overlooks all financial purchases made by the female. The man also takes care of all disciplinary actions. Women were expected to be: Caring mothers, diligent spouses, obedient partners, and "good" wifes. They were expected to carry out her man's every order and agree with him on everything. A good wife always knew her place. Prepare the children: Wash their hands and faces, comb their hair, change their clothes if needed. They are God's children, they need to play the part. Prepare yourself: Touch up your makeup, maybe put a bow in your hair, be happy and interesting, clear away clutter in the house, and run a dust cloth over the table. Chores for Women: Keep the house sparkling clean, cook dinner, wash the laundry and run errands. Women's Education: Women going to college was rare and unheard of. The few that did most of the time got degrees in cooking or home economics. Men feared intelligent women because of their tendency to "think" for themselves and disagree with their man. Don'ts: Don't greet him with problems or complaints. Don't complain if he is late for dinner. Don’t complain if he does not take you out to dinner or other pleasant entertainments. Do's: Do arrange his pillow and offer to take off his shoes. Speak in a low, soft, soothing and pleasant voice. Do listen to him. Let him talk first. Do make the evening his. Four Main Stereotypes that were drawn to make "The Ideal Woman" 1. A woman’s place is in her home with the family. 2. Women did not make important decisions. 3. Women are dependent on their man’s protection and acceptance. 4. In a man’s eyes, women are looked upon as objects and ones of lower status. Sexism was a major problem that affected both genders greatly in the 1950s. It went on for about 20 years. Sexism in the 1950s Sexism: prejudice or discrimination based on sex; especially : discrimination against women Overcoming Sexism In the 1970s, women started to fight for their rights. they protested and went on strike for their rights to vote, work, get an education, and achieve equality
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