A woman who is free-minded and independent in America, a quite magnificent feat considering where women had been just years prior to the twenties. A prior suffragette, with a history of hardships unknown to her male counterpart, the flapper is the new and improved woman of the 20th century. Prior to 1919 women were considered to be nothing more than housewives that served no purpose other than too cook and clean. While men earned an ample wage at high-end jobs in fields such as government or medicine, women “dragged [themselves] off day by day to work until someone came along and married [them]. Sometimes she was a Cinderella, but more often she graduated a household drudge,” who had to struggle to make a living at horrible, low-end jobs (Crowther).
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.
In the 1930’s, women were supposed to stay at home and do chores while their husbands were away, and then wait on them when they returned. Curley’s wife felt that her family was holding her back from her dreams, and the only possible way that she could find out of her situation was marriage. Because she was a woman, she could not just go to Hollywood herself and demand an audition, or confront her parents, which seems almost silly now but was a real issue back in the thirties. Curley’s wife is more outgoing than most women, and she is rewarded with names
Renaissance age is also considered as the age of rebirth of women which made new discoveries to improve their poor condition. Marrying and taking care of their children and household was their main job or duty. If they had no male relative then they were forced to become nuns for the rest of their lives. There was no class difference, women of all the classes were expected to do all kinds of jobs. Some women were told to help their husbands in running their business as well.
In the last seventy years, women in America have made great strides toward equality, which has dramatically changed their role in society. In days that seem long past, women were expected to be doting mothers, immaculate housekeepers, and submissive wives. These roles were the primary, if not only, responsibilities of any woman prior to the 1940s. However, since the post-war era, the roles, responsibilities, and expectations of women have evolved in leaps and bounds. In the first half of the twentieth century, women were not wanted, or needed, to be a part of the workforce.
It was expected of them to dress up for dinner, go to church, and learn how to cook and clean properly. Once married, a woman was considered to be owned by her husband. For example, if a woman was raped by her husband it would not be considered rape since the husband has “ownership” over his wife’s body. In the 1930’s wifehood and motherhood were regarded as the most significant professions for women. It was
Grimm uses the characters of Cinderella and Snow White to perpetuate the idea that women should lead quietly domestic lives. In Cinderella, Cinderella spent most of her time in a kitchen. She truly embodied a woman of the early 1900’s. She wasn’t allowed to do or go as she wanted to, like her step sisters but was forced to work. For Example, “There she had to do hard work from morning till night, got up before day break, carry water, light fires, cook and wash” (121).
This happened due to great pressure for an alliance of the two families (16-7). Their marriage was like most marriages during this time. Not of love, but out of necessity. For years, Martin and Bertrande did not consummated the marriage. This was an enormous issue because without children, no one could inherit the property within the family.
Women of the 1930’s that were portrayed in the book “Of Mice and Men” were expected to simply stay at home and be good housewives. They were expected to cook, clean, have kids, and take care of the house. Which was all fine and dandy, as being a Mom is an important job too. But it was unfortunate in that if a woman even mentioned getting a job or doing anything a man might do, it was completely out of the question. Now, a woman can even get a higher paying job than a man.
Anne is so accustomed to having to be the perfect daughter and ‘trophy’ wife that she knows no different. Later in the novel, Anne becomes more aware of her parents disappointment saying to her friends 'You just don 't understand! The first thing Mummy looks at when I come home each term. How can she present a daughter with spots? Four daughters successfully married off and now the last one has to get spots.