Marriage Squeeze Research Paper

Decent Essays

The term “marriage squeeze” refers to a crisis in gender that transforms the social norm. What happened was that after the civil war when thousands of men had passed away, there were not enough men for every woman. So, Southern women had to face what was called a “marriage squeeze” basically referring to them no longer assuming they would become housewives, which was hard since it was a time when most women depended on marriage and motherhood for economic purposes and social acceptance. It was odd for a woman not to assume they would automatically become housewives at this point in time, yet they had two choices: they would either have to not marry and live a life of insecurity and financial instability or simply settle for someone who was

Get Access