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Learn about the myths and realities of women's lives during the s. Overview Though the s was in many ways a period of conformity with traditional gender roles, it was also a decade of change, when discontent with the status quo was emerging.
However, even though certain gender roles and norms were socially enforced, the s was not as conformist as is sometimes portrayed, and discontent with the status quo bubbled just beneath the surface of the placid peacetime society.
Although women were expected to identify primarily as wives and mothers and to eschew work outside of the home, women continued to make up a significant proportion of the postwar labor force.
Millions of women who had joined the workforce during the war were displaced by returning soldiers. Messages in popular culture and the mass media encouraged these women to give up their jobs and return quietly to domestic life.
Most women, however, wished to keep their jobs, and thus women made up approximately one-third of the peacetime labor force.
Cars allowed Americans who lived in the suburbs to commute easily into urban areas for work. Cars not only changed work and housing patterns, but also facilitated the rise of new sexual norms.
They provided young couples with a place to spend time together alone, away from the prying eyes of parents and other members of the community. This, in turn, led to a rise in premarital sex and birth rates. Thus, patterns of sexual behavior were changing even as the traditional ideal continued to insist upon marriage before sex.
Between andthe largest generation of Americans, known as the baby boomerswas born. Despite societal norms that encouraged women to stay in the home and out of the workplace, approximately forty percent of women with young children, and at least half of women with older children, chose to remain in the work force.
The term nuclear family emerged to describe and encourage the stability of the family as the essential building block of a strong and healthy society.
In this view, a woman played a crucial role in waging the Cold Warby keeping the family unit strong and intact.
She could do this best, it was thought, by remaining at home to take care of her husband and children, and refusing to pursue a career. Thus was a link forged between traditional gender roles and national security. Moreover, because the Cold War was also a competition between two very different economic systems, the virtues of capitalism were touted as proving the superiority of the United States over the Soviet Union.
Capitalism revolved around the exchange of goods and services in the marketplace, and so identifying with consumer culture became a way of waging the Cold War. Women, traditionally expected to do most of the shopping for the household, were encouraged to identify as patriotic Americans by being savvy consumers.
Black-and-white photograph depicting actress Lucille Ball with husband and actor Desi Arnaz. Ball is holding a finger to her lips and opening her eyes very wide, and Arnaz is making an exaggerated pout.
The photograph emphasizes their silly personalities. Publicity photograph of Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz. I Love Lucy both confirmed and undermined s gender norms for white women, as Ball herself was a successful entertainer but her on-screen character repeatedly failed at working outside the home.
Image courtesy Wikimedia Commons. These shows portrayed the primary roles of women as wives and mothers.
Lucille Ball, in I Love Lucy, inevitably met with disaster whenever she pursued job opportunities or interests that took her outside of the household.
African American women in the s It is important to remember that the ideal of domesticity was primarily aimed at middle-class white women.African American women faced particular difficulties in the pursuit of postwar material abundance and the “American dream.” Popular portrayals of ideal femininity and home life ignored the lives of minority women and families.
addresses the American dream and Winfrey’s influence and power over individuals by exploring media and culture through traditions of media and cultural studies via Oprah’s Book Club. This award was created in by American Schools and Colleges Association to honor people who pulled themselves out of where they had been in society, followed the the "American Tradition" and became "self-made men.".
But, their belief in the American dream is wavering. Between and , around 50 percent of those polled by Pew consistently said they felt that the American dream was “somewhat alive.”. 9 Novels About The American Dream.
Daniel Horowitz. Updated: 11 April Man deconstructs the American Dream as exclusively limited to only rich white men who are unaware of their own place in society.
The novel follows an unnamed narrator as he attends high school and college in the South, and later joins the Brotherhood, a . “These 3 D’s of downfall were also on of the reasons why the American Dream during this time was not profound in society, the result of which people did not care about society.
They just wanted to have fun and try to forget the horrors of war.