A Woman’s Role
Have you ever thought about how a woman’s role in the household would be like 50 years ago? Consequently, the role of women in the 1950s was suppressive and constrictive in many ways. Compared to the role of a woman today, the role of women in 1950 had different expectations, roles, and opportunity. Society had placed a high significance and many expectations on the performance at home as well as in public. Women were supposed to fulfill certain roles, such as a caring mother, a hard-working homemaker, and a submissive wife. “The perfect mother was supposed to stay home every day and nurture her children so that society would accept them. A hard-working homemaker had dinner on the table precisely at the moment her husband arrived home from work” (“A Women’s Role”). To be a good wife then, they were expected to be pure and innocent and keep the home and raise the children; however, in order to gain attention from men they desired, they would have to step outside traditional boundaries and be aggressive and seductive.
First, the role of a woman in the 1950s had different expectations. A woman had to prepare the children for dinner; which was taking a few minutes to wash the children’s hands and faces, comb their hair, and if necessary change their clothes. They are God’s creatures and the husband would like to see them playing the part. Also, all noise had to be eliminated. This statement contends to encourage the children to be quit. Every morning, she woke her children up, cooked breakfast for them and sent them off to school. “The breakfast, however, was far from the cereal and milk often enjoyed today. This was feast that consisted of towers of pancakes, piles of eggs, and platefuls of bacon and patties, all topped with a pound of syrup” (“A Woman’s Role in the 1950s”). Such over exaggerated behavior was typical of women at this time. They wanted to appeal to men and society; as a result, they felt like they to be a perfect and hard working mother. They only felt secure when they were praised for their house keeping. A hard-working homemaker not only kept the house spotless but she cooked dinner, did laundry and ran errands. “Have dinner ready. Prepare yourself. Always be sure to touch up your makeup, put a ribbon in your hair and be clean looking” (“A Woman’s Role in the 1950s”). Women were expected to clear away the clutter and run a dust cloth over the tables. Women would do anything to please their men because their life depended on them so much. The man were to have total control of their wives.
In today’s world, a woman has different expectations. Women were expected to have dinner prepared for her family; however, they don’t have to be refreshed for dinner. For instance, women can question their husband if he is late coming home. In the 1950s, the woman’s life revolved around the house, including when she went out to meet her friends. These days, a woman’s life doesn’t revolve around her home. Most women clean house about once or twice a week. The first thing a woman does when their man comes home from work is greet them with their problems and complaints. “The heart of her husband doth safely trust in her so that he shall have no need of spoil. She will do him good and not evil all the days of her life” (“How to be a Good Wife”). The husband shouldn’t have to worry about the need being met in their home, whether physical or material. “Let the husband render unto the wife due benevolence: and likewise also the wife unto the husband. The wife hath not power of his own body, but the wife” (A Woman’s Role in the 1950s”). This statement contends that women and men should have equal opportunity. They shouldn’t have to do more than the other. When two people become one flesh, their priorities shall change. They now should be concerned about pleasing their spouse; however, women should have their own rights too. Outside the framework of the specifically motherhood and fatherhood characteristics where...
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