The Transition of the Housewife

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As history demonstrates, conflicts always seem to emerge when the discussing a woman’s “place in society.” Before the late 20th century, the expectations of women were blatant; they were to perform housework, tend to their children, and above all, obey their husbands. As considered second-class citizens, they had none of the rights that a male in the US was granted. Most women accepted the roles that had been set out for them because it was the only one they knew. Their ancestors had performed the same duties for centuries and so they were content with the idea that it was their turn to be the housewife. However, as time passed and changes in mindset occurred, women started to question their societal roles and rights as citizens. The…show more content…
One way to think of it is to picture that Lucy Riccardo embodies all the reasons that women should never, ever try any other form of life beside the housewife because they will find a way to mess it up. Her curious manner enabled her desire to attempt crazy operations that constantly failed, got her in trouble with her spouse and or put her in a situation in which the only way out through assistance. It aided the message that as long as women stuck to the duties laid out for them, all would be well. Another example of the media depicting the perfect housewife was through June Cleaver from the TV show, Leave It to Beaver. Mrs. Cleaver was television’s perfect housewife: she kept the house tidy, she cared for each and everyone of her children and above, tended to her hardworking husband. Her frilly aprons became and iconic symbol that signified perfect housewives. This TV family represented the classic nuclear family of the post-war period. Unlike Lucy Riccardo, June Cleaver couldn’t have been happier with her role as a housewife. Despite these and other influences in the media, women still yearned for more out of life. Torn between the past and the present, women had to decide in which direction to lead their life because society made it was clear that they could not have the best of both worlds. An important decade that fostered much changed for women in their
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