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Women 1920's & 1950's

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christine wang

on 28 March 2013

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Transcript of Women 1920's & 1950's

Women Christine Wang & Robin Schectman Background 1950's 1920's Division Division Conformity Background 19th Amendment was just passed
Gaining more freedom
Job opportunities expanded during WWI while the men were fighting
Generational gap
The "New Woman" vs. "Feminine Mystique" Unity Feeling of obligation to vote
More women in the workplace, politics
factory work, nursing, etc.
Had a place and culture outside the home
Less focus on social service, and more on personal fulfillment national image of housewife:
lived in suburbs
take care of children, in charge of household
cook, clean, ready for husbands
almost utopian image
fashion included dresses and poodle skirts, very feminine, Christian Dior
conformity would lead to feminism movement Media spreading image of nuclear family
"Evil" communist women working in dusty factories and leaving children in cold daycare
Self-help books like "Baby and Child Care" by Benjamin Spock
I Love Lucy: Stereotypical housewife, relying on husband
Most important thing was to find a husband, married young, couple society
Large families, stay at home moms Men still dominant
Continuing repression, no equal rights amendment
Economically superior, higher wages, more opportunity
Mothers against daughters
More freedom and less "morality"
New "seductive" dances, freedom with sex and the body
Birth control lost a lot of independence gained from 1920's
many more women joining work force but discriminated against in the office, women payed less and only seen as secretaries
woman's place was in the home
housewife vs. independent woman
dissatisfied by discrimination and conformity
playboy magazine (by Hugh Hefner) showed scandalous pictures of women
Marilyn Monroe (Some Like It Hot, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes), icon and sex symbol vs. Thesis: While the 1920's moved rapidly forward with the increase of women in the workforce and women's rights, the 1950's moved backwards, encouraging more women to work in the home and take care of their cookie cutter families. Both periods, however, showed a rebellion of young women against the older generations' views of them and their newer involvement with their sexuality and independence.
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