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WRIT 140 Assignment 1 17 September 2007 Family Matters The 1950’s family typically consisted of a breadwinner husband, an obedient housewife, and a few children. This unit was the core of American life, a staple structure that brought stability and assurance in an era where values were redefined. Eager to escape the worries of World War II, Americans wanted nothing more to do with outside influences and focused on what was most important to them: their families. This focus on family structure in the 1950’s represents the apex of domestic values, which have since digressed in contemporary society. The duties a typical 50’s housewife performed, such as staying home to raise the children, cleaning the house, and preparing the meals, were substantially more beneficial than the lifestyle of today’s working mother. Although the housewife perceived somewhat negatively today, women’s roles in the 1950’s played a large part in making the house a “home.” Rather than an empty space to retire to after a long day’s work, it became a place of social gatherings, family activities, and childhood memories. Without a mother to maintain the duties of the house, houses would remain dormant, as parents work and children attend daycare after school. Although women often did not continue their education into post secondary institutes, there was no essential need for the extra instruction. Almost all careers that women did decide to pursue only required a high school education or equivalent. While it is true that many women of the 50’s felt
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somewhat unfulfilled and dissatisfied with their lives, it is also fair to assert that women today are stressed, overworked, and wish they could spend more time in the home. Although neither option is without consequences, the 1950’s woman experienced a greater quality of life, being able to form stronger relationships with her family and live comfortably without the stressful demands of competitive jobs. It was not seen as a privilege back then, but rather a social standard, whereas women today now view the quality time with children and the choice to work as a luxury. The negative view of the “stay at home mom” stems from the idea that these women aren’t as productive as working mothers who manage to contribute to the family income
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