While she is quirky and different from the common housewife, it is used as a thematic device to not be like her. Women who were watching back in the 1950’s were essentially told that it was naïve and foolish to have ambitions and dreams. It was seen as the right thing to stay at home, to be the ideal wife and mother like Lucy would end up realizing. Yes, her character was funny and ambitious and even independent, for the 50’s, but she was also a bit dim and always needed Ricky to rescue her. She was submissive, timid, and does not know better than her husband.
A male centred society and the patriarchy were once again being accepted as the norm and perpetuated. Women’s opportunities were severely limited, and her narrative was prescribed to her. Gloria Steinem was born the granddaughter of a committee member of the National Woman Suffrage Association, so activism and women’s rights had been tackled in her family far before she was born. Steinem’s parents split up early on in her life, resulting in her mother’s financial instability. Steinem later accredited her mother’s inability to keep a job to the hostile attitudes towards women in the workspace.
She shares her experience of being a housewife and what a typical day entails; cooking, cleaning, children, and the occasional reading. Although she loves being a housewife she struggles with societal and personal views of her job. Continuously being considered as second-class citizens, women didn’t have many of the rights males in the US are granted and some cases still do. Women accept
Back in the 70’s women were financially dependent on their husband’s for almost everything because of unequal job opportunities. While there were still jobs for women, it was expected that they be a stay at home mom. Even more, women were overwhelmingly employed in certain occupations that have been traditionally oriented toward them, such as, domestic servants, salesclerks, factory workers, teachers, secretaries, and nurses. If they did get a better job, they would not get as much business as a man. Since no man would put his business affairs in the hands of a female lawyer or go to a lady doctor, despite the condition they were in.
In my opinion, Calpurnia is a much better mother figure that Aunt Alexandra. Calpurnia shows the children love and compassion throughout their lives. She takes care of them, cooking for them and teaching them to read. When Jem starts to grow up and mature, he begins to push Scout away. Calpurnia took Scout to the kitchen with her and bonds with her.
During the 1950s, women were highly encouraged to stay at home to focus and care for their families. Women were more like restricted to stay at home and become a “housewife-mother” (Feminine Mystique, 1963). They had no freedom to do anything else other then care for their families; whereas, the husbands could do just about anything they want. Husbands can go to saloons and get flat out drunk, but they are still the head of the house. During the 50s, women felt like they had no purpose in life.
Women had put in so much hard work and effort to get men’s jobs done while they were gone. Women being able to finally get a taste of what independence was like did not want to convert back to pre war conditions. They didn’t want to go back to having to depend on somebody to always make a living for them. The breakthrough for women in society began in 1918 when women over 30 were allowed to vote in Britain. In 1919 Dutch women were granted the right to vote and finally August 26,1920 American women were granted the right to vote.
In “Women at Work,” an article adapted from the work of La Verne Bradley published in the August 1944 edition of National Geographic Magazine, the strength and perseverance of women during war times is explored. Prior to World War II, the workplace was seen as “a no woman’s land” (Bradley, 144, p. 83). During World War II woman began filling their men’s’ shoes more than ever before as they filed into factories (Bradley, 1944, p. 83). “At the same time [as preparing and helping their country with the war], [women] worked hard to keep their homes or set up new ones” (Bradley, 1944, p. 75). Men’s’ Attitudes
Also, the main reason for choosing this film is, in the movie, gender issues are the main problems. For example; in the film, Katherine is a feminist female character who has modern thinking, has an extreme life according to the time judgements and morals but strict rules and patterns are valid in the college and in the society, and students or teachers who do not comply with them are removed from the college by the "authority." When she first came to college, a woman shows her and told her that “you cannot come after eight, you cannot cook, no man in school” so she moved a house with a colleague but in the neighborhood same strict rules are valid. Because of public pressure, she doesn’t want to go her house with her boyfriend because the thought that what will other
Imagine if you were old enough to vote but still had the education levels of American kindergartner. For the women of Sudan and South Sudan this is a reality. The women are forced to play 1950’s housewife while the men develop their minds and command the household. Due to the lack of resources and the number of economical problems in Sudan and South Sudan, the women in these countries are unable to receive education and improve the lives of the future generations. Sudan has been a source of conflict and violence in an already unstable area of the world since the twentieth century.
as they did not gain or keep the access to the professionals nor did they come close to earning equal pay for the same type of work if they continued to hold their jobs after the men returned. Because of the frustrations held by these women, it the led to the start of feminist movements. The late 1950s and 60s became years of change for women with people becoming more vocal about equal rights for women. This led to President Kennedy, in 1961, establishing the Commission on the Status of Women which examined issues relating to women because of the growing interest in women’s rights (Sink). Numerous laws and Acts were passed that involved women’s rights and though the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission was newly established, it became clear
In the 1960’s, the Women’s Liberation Movement became popular. Many women felt isolated from the world as they were stuck in their homes doing jobs that do not reach their potential; such as cooking, cleaning and looking after children. As a result, many women fought for feminism (a belief that women should have equality with men) meaning improved rights, better job opportunities and more involvement in politics. This was a significant event as women no longer wanted to stay in the suburbs but wanted to adventure out into the business world. Seeking better high waging jobs such as engineers, doctors, politicians, teacher, etc.