Sorry, Pat, but the women I knew in the 50s did have choices, and while some were expected to stay home, or chose to do so, there were also those who had careers and worked outside the home. Remember that these were the women who entered the paid work force during and after WWII, and their daughters expected to go out and make money of their own, even if it were working in stores. A lot of us went to college and prepared for other careers. I have worked both inside and outside the home, but I did not know any of the people who stayed home and quietly drank or took tranquilizers. They were a very small minority, at worst. I don't know where you got that idea that it was common, but if you were not part of the culture then, don't believe all that you may have heard.

by truheart on 2006 Jul 1 - 15:47 | reply to this comment Young, But Part of the Culture Well, there seemed to be a lot of resentment over the housewife role of the 50's that exploded into the second wave of feminism in the 60's and 70's. And those women were claiming to be bored, bored, bored!

I said the 50's, not WWII. During WWII the men were off at war so there was deliberate propaganda to get women into the factories to keep things running on the home front. Films like "Rosie the Riveter" showed women in the role of working outside the home.

But at the end of the war, the men came back and women were pushed back into the home, and there was reverse propaganda pushing the joys of being a housewife with all the new gadgets to make the work so much easier.

Yes, SOME women worked, but that was hardly the majority, and I do remember hearing men say, "My wife doesn't HAVE to work." They were very proud of this. My memory of childhood is that all the mothers were home. I don't remember a single one of my friends who had Moms who went out to work.

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