The Stereotypical Good Housewife Of The 1950s

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Joanna Adams-Shaw
Dr. Osgood- Treston
English 1A
April 30 2015
Super Tired Look! Up in the sky! It’s a bird, it’s a plane! No, it’s Super mom! A women who does it all, a mother that works full time and takes on all the responsibilities of child raising and housekeeping. In today’s society mothers wear many hats: wife, career women, mother, taxi driver, nurse, tutor, chief, personal shopper, schedule keeper, and maid. The feminist’s push of the 1960’s gave birth to the idea of super mom. So many women wanted to get back to work and ditch their 1950’s housewife image of a woman all dolled up vacuuming and baking while carrying a toddler in heels. The image of supermom is mostly recognized as an unachievable fantasy. Yet, today may mothers hold
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The stereotypical good housewife of the 1950’s is thought of as being beautiful, dolled up all time from head to toes, a chief, a maid, a mother, and a loyal wife. Wives of the 1950’s had one job, to be a homemaker. Being a homemaker in the 1950s meant taking care of both family and house, as well as present oneself as picture perfect throughout the day. Women and girls where brain washed into how to be a good wife. Have dinner ready for your husband when he walks through the door. Greet your husband with a smile remember he has been at work all day. Make him comfortable allow him to relax and unwind. Make the evening his. Don’t complain, listen to him instead. The goal as a housewife was to make the home a place of peace and order where the husband can relax. The ideal women in the 1950’s was to be the good housewife. The rise of the good housewife emerged after the end of World War II. Government wanted to reestablish the family life values before the war. So in 1945 women were discriminated and pressured to give up their jobs to returning soldiers and adhere to their ideal roles as housewives. According to “The Ideal Woman” by Jennifer Cult, “To justify the discrimination practice against women, popular culture began to create the concept of the proper role for women.” Women were exploited on television, radio, and magazines, which reinforced the stereotypical …show more content…
Being stuck in the house all day cooking, cleaning, and caring for the children no longer appealed to every woman. “The Feminine Mystique”, by Betty Friedan describes a problem of wide spread unhappiness of woman and wondered if the unhappiness was related to the female role of a good housewife. Many women did not find fulfillment in the role of wife and mother which caused many women to think something was wrong with them. Women want the break away from the chains of the house and pursue the “We can do it” mindset which was established during World War II when women had to go to work and take care of the home while their husbands where off at war. The rise of the career woman should give thanks to the feminist of the 1960s and 1970s who fought for equality inside and outside the home. The women’s movement was able to changes women’s roles, identities and sense of self. Friedan also promoted higher education and a pursuit of work outside the home as the ultimate way American women could avoid feeling tapped in the ideal housewife image which she coined as the feminine mystique. Women where ultimately given many opportunities men enjoyed, including education, the right to pursue their own careers, and, most important, the right to vote. Women wanted to get back to work and establish a sense of personal

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