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Sexism in the 1930's
Transcript of Sexism in the 1930's
By: Rahim, Myrah,
Becky and Maddie
Sexism in the book
-In the united states, about 11 million women were unemployed, and those who were, had a salary much lower then a mans, regardless of effort or position.
-Only 24.3% of women had jobs.
-Only 3 out of 10 women had domestic or personal service such as medicinal, nursing, teaching or social work.
-Women couldn't vote.
-Women couldn't have high powered jobs.
-Curley's wife perfectly represents the
"average woman" in America in the 1930's.
She would like to depend less on her husband, she has a a fantasy of becoming a renowned actress and she feels miserable.
-She has to live in a male dominant society and has to face the fact that she will never have all of the freedom she is hoping for. Her life is the exact opposite of this "dream". Curley's wife is considered to be useless, but as a character, she has a great importance.
-In fact without her character some events in the novel would not have taken place.
How Men Saw Women
-Curley's wife is also lonely on the ranch- another isolated character, because she's the only female- she also has no name because of her low status.
-She is a victim of sexism- women were discriminated again at this time of the Great Depression
-Men did not show respect to women
-Men didn't let women have high powered jobs
-Women weren't paid as much as men
-The men told the women what to do and women had to obey them
- Ladies could not smoke in public
- Ladies did not use any kind of swear words at anytime
-Women had a harder time to bring in money during the Great Depression.
-Women were paid less then men even if they had the same job.
-Expected to marry at a young age.
-If not married then your expected to support yourself.
-Women did all the household chores
-Women were just meant to have babies
-Women didn't make any decisions
-Men were more important than women in jobs and business
-Women were seen inferior and were not allowed to vote
More About the Book
"They had their own American Dream"
-In the period of the 1930's in America there were lots of forms of discrimination: one of them was sexism.
The American women of the '30s returned to their homes or accepted their low-status jobs abandoning their proper responsibilities
-The 1930's was a time filled with gender segregation. A women having a job outside of the home was considered odd. In the United States about 11 million women were unemployed, and those who were, had a salary much lower then a mans, regardless of effort or position. Despite a few rights being created, women still remained less important from most of the societies perspective.