“Like all other women I thought that there couldn’t be much improvement in the same old task of washing dishes.” This quote by Christine Frederick in 1912 speaks so much truth about the way women lived before the 1920s. Many women had believed that they were sought out to stay at home and be the regular housewife that the American people portrayed them to be. None of them probably believed that they would soon get the privilege to vote, have a job, or to even dress a little less modestly. They would soon come to the realization that their way of life would be changed when the 1920s came rushing in. It is thought that the new freedoms given to women in the 20s helped in their rise of new fashions and in the initial shock of their newfound power
In fact, in the 1950’s when this short story was published, women were expected to aspire to be more of housewife than an educated woman, “A 1959 study determined that 37 percent of female college students were leaving school before they graduated, most for marriage” (Gale). Moreover, Hulga’s mother, Mrs. Hopewell,
After the 19th amendment was passed, giving women the right to vote, woman began leaving behind their traditional roles and taking on new responsibilities, fashion trends and claiming their independence. (Doc 5.The New Woman). The younger generation of ladies in the 1920s surfaced into what is know as a flapper. Flappers listened to jazz music, embraced risqué fashion trends, and took part in bold behavior, which challenged their stereotype and led to more tension. The need breed of woman wanted to be accepted by the older generation, who often judged and disagreed with their new lifestyle.
Since they loved their mother so much, they would definitely do the special task and knew that doing it would make their mother feel overjoyed, which would make them feel overjoyed, too. For instance, whenever the mother would come home, the girls would always feel happy and cheery no matter what was going on: “Somehow the sight of the old shoes had a good effect upon the girls, for Mother was coming, and everyone brightened to welcome her” (Alcott para 1). The strong love between the mother and the girls partly helped push the girls to choose to help the immigrant family. Also, not only does the secure bond between the mother and the daughters help influence the girls to make the conclusion to help the family but, it also helps impact the needy family, later explained in this paragraph. For example, when the mother proposes to the girls to go and help the family on Christmas morning by giving them their breakfast, they’re silent at first, but then the girls say: "‘May I go and help carry the things to the poor little children?’ asked Beth eagerly.
After the war ended, women were no longer needed in the workforce and were expected to return to pre-war beliefs and focus on marriage, housekeeping and child rearing. The image of the happy housewife became the image that many women strived to achieve and was on the more frequent depictions of women in television, magazines and advertisements. Television played a vital role in the postwar era in reflecting the changes in society as well as influencing the future. Women began to look at the lives of their mothers and saw the unhappiness and decided that was not the life that they wanted to live. Though with the stereotype of the spinster and old maid, many were still afraid to remain single.
On 1923 equal rights amendment (ERA) was projected C. There was many books created, for example, Ladies’ Home Journal and Good Housekeeping, these books depicted what a woman should be, like motherhood, and being home-loving 1. And then there was the feminist books like Our Bodies (1971), The New Woman’s Survival (1972), these books sold millions of copies, it spoke about freedom, and good health, both physical and psychological D. Sexual Politics was written on 1969 by Kate Millett, she became one of the best sellers 1. There was also many magazines talking about women, abortions and the tedious “gender roles” E. Women still could not advance in their job positions comparing to men, and women were still being paid much more less than men VI. Minority
Introduction The 1960s was a time of regression: the age at which many women married and few attended college. Post-war culture solidified that women belonged in the home, taking care of their children and husband, and many believed the same. Betty Friedan graduated Smith college with a bachelor’s degree in 1942. After birthing her second child, Friedan was fired from her current job and turned to domesticity to take care of her children instead of looking for another place to work. She was dissatisfied with herself and the role she was playing in her home and wondered if other women in her situation had felt the same way.
In a time of fighting for freedom, not all felt free. The new declaration claims “All men are created equal”, leaving the women still with no rights and completely relying on men. Abigail Adams, the wife of John Adams, used her position to bring forward her own strong feminist views and felt women should be included in the declaration. Abigail’s fight for women's rights made an extensive impact on history because she pioneered a path for future women to come. While Abigail Adams fought for women's rights, John Adams thought women should just be house workers and supporters.
Images of women have been used to sell products and send subliminal messages since we could remember. Today, it has become apparent that the way these women are photographed and used for advertisements is creating a concept that women are just objects. Over the past few centuries the objectifying of women has only increased. When television was first invented in the 1950’s families would come together and spend time watching their favorite shows. One thing the shows on TV during the 50’s has in common in are the stereotypical gender roles with no sexuality application.
One of the most well-known entertainers of the world, Beyoncé, is part of the best singers in the music industry. She is, somehow, considered to be a great example of the Feminist movements for showing off the talents of the femininity. The Feminist Movement started in the 1840’s, but it didn’t really expand until the 1960’s after Betty Friedan’s book The Feminine Mystique was published. In that book, Betty encourages women to change the way society view them as the ideal employment for them is to stay at home mom and wife voice their opinions and fight for equality of the sexes. Feminism, in fact, is groups that fight for women’s right and equality between the sexes.