A woman could work just as hard as a man but sadly most people in the 1950’s could not see that. In any job or sort of work, a woman will be treated as if they are less than a man or a “second class citizen” just because of their gender. Girls who want jobs and to earn their place in society will soon see that this was a hard thing for a woman to do. The women of the 1950s though must tell them to stand up for themselves for that is the only way that they can climb in society and defeat the “suburban housewife” mold that will try to be shoved upon them. A young women of the 1950’s could not accept privileges nor prejudices because of their gender or they are just as bad and hopeless as the “suburban
Lyddie is already making more money than the other factory girls, and through the summer, in Chapter 12 ( I will Not be a Slave ) everyone in the factory work extremely hard, however, Lyddie is putting in greater effort than everyone else. With most factory girls gone, Lyddie is even more dedicated and this is shown through how much she gets paid. “The pay reflected her proficiency. She was making almost $2.50 a well above her $1.75 board. While the other girls grumbled that their piece rates had dropped so that it had hardly been worth slaving…” ( Paterson, p. 86) The implication is, Lyddie is not paid by the hour, but also from how much fabric she makes.
Women in the early 1900’s didn’t have very much economic freedom. They were restricted on almost everything they did. They weren’t allowed in the workplace like their partners were so for women to make it, they had to be married. Now, however, women have economic equality with their partners. This can lead to a variety of failed marriages with both partners trying to reach success.
Life for women in the colonial society was determined by their wealth, religion, and statues. Most of the things were similar for the women, they would have to run the house and or farm, raise the children, and maintain. Woman were married in their early twenties and would have large numbers of children. Around eight children were normal but due to sickness and other things, up to five or so of the children would have been dead before reaching their teens. Men held their normal ego and expectations of themselves but woman were looked at differently, unlike Europe where they were the weaker of the two sex.
Her subjective female voice challenges the gender expectations of the Victorian Era. In the 19th century, strict social rules guided the interaction of men and women. Victorian women weren’t allowed to meet men without permission or supervision. Additionally, most marriages were based on money and materialistic means. Browning being sickly, missed out on dating and meeting men leading to her disbelief in materialism and love.
Women struggled with the limited clothing options, few job opportunities, had unrealistic beauty standards, and did not have the ability to achieve a higher education. The women’s rights movement improved women’s lives by breaking stereotypes and changing women’s ideals. The women of the 20th century, often struggled with beauty and fashion restricting their clothing options. Women were often described to be weak and a symbol of being delicate and fragile. In the 50’s, women were simply expected to get married to a wealthy man, stay at home, and raise children while her husband worked to provide for the family.
In the Victorian Era, women are divided into two part, wealthy and poor classes. Because of the class status in the 19th century, marriages did not mix, so wealthy women would marriage with wealthy man. Wealthy women want to marry with wealthy man and take part in their husband's life and interests, like Mrs. Ingram. Generally,wealthy women did not know how to cook or clean properly because their servants took care of the daily chores. They spent their time wandering and reading book instead of doing houseworks.
In addition, they formed the majority of the suburban housewives who were doing far much better compared to the working-class women of color. In her work, Friedan discriminates African-American women to a large extent even in the light that many of them formed the category of working-class women. She actually, entirely underscores their contributions to the economy at the time. The reason why she left them out of the book could be because they never participated in the roles that she deemed “fulfilling” or those that she advocated. While Friedan generalizes the idea that all women were struggling to achieve equality with men at the time, she fails to understand that there were others who were not under the broad “category of Feminine Mystique.” In fact, many African-American women and working class women did not share the perception that Friedan had.
Furthermore, this gap has been increasing and is larger than it was 20 years ago. According to this data, it is evident that the women was treated unfairly in getting paid. This gap is caused by the women’s lack of courage about asking the boss to raise the salary and the women was seemed to be less able to afford much work than the men. Then, they would be offered easier work which provided less salary. To extend, all those conclusions were based on the bias, natural sex differences and the logical fallacies.
Women who have earned a high school diploma have been said to lose about $700,000 throughout their life of work, and women that have earned a degree in college may result in a loss up to as much as $1.2 million dollars (now.org). This is definitely a big loss for women and their families living with them throughout their life, but this unequal pay still carries on once they have decided to retire (now.org). Once a woman retires, they still receive unequal social security welfare compared to what a man gets, and lots of other financial assets. The unequal pay is even worse for a woman with children, especially if a woman were a stay-at-home mom and then decide to work again (now.org). Studies show that businesses are less likely to hire women with children, and if women with children do get hired, they suffer an even lower pay than women in general, whereas fathers with children do not receive this punishment (now.org).