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How Has The Role Of Women In Society Changed From The 1950's And What Has Contributed To This Change?

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How has the role of women in society changed from the 1950’s and what has contributed to this change?

Halle Craig
1,504 Words
Honors US History, Kevin Keely
Douglas County High School
May 2010

A. Plan of Investigation
How has the role of women in society changed from the 1950’s and what has contributed to this change? Themes of this investigation would be society’s reaction to the changes in the roles; they would also be of how women kept making the changes more radical. The main method of investigation is to research the reaction of society and the incredible expectations set on by men.
B. Summary of Evidence
* Women were expected to ...view middle of the document...

* The average household is a married couple that has both the men and women take on both masculine and feminine duties.
* Women in this day are encouraged to do whatever their heart desires and to do this would mean to get a college degree.
* “Women make only 75.5 cents for every dollar that men earn, according to a new release by the U.S. Census Bureau.”
* “A girl should not expect special privileges because of her sex but neither should she adjust to prejudice and discrimination.”
* The Feminist Movement and The Reproductive rights are the two most influential events that changed the Roles of Women.
C. Evaluation of Sources
"American Experience | The Pill | People & Events." PBS. American Experience, 1999. Web. 22 May 2010. <>.
This is a very reliable source because PBS gives all of the information about everything. This website and program are trusted by both teachers and students and has showed that they are worth being trusted. The information all makes sense and is compatible with other websites, but this had the most information and detail within the information.
Sheffield, Wesley, Linda Nguyen, Elisa Valentine, and Chloe` Spaith. "Modern Times." Free Website Hosting – Angelfire Free Website Templates to Make Your Own Free Website. Web. 22 May 2010. <>.
This is a very reliable resource because it has a bibliography attached to it. Even thought this page was made by students, the information does come from other reliable sources unlike Wikipedia or yahoos ask.
D. Analysis
In the 1950’s, women were known as the caretakers of the house and the children. There were to do as they were told without any argument or second thoughts. They were to please the one thing in the world that was the most important; the men. Men controlled the women, they wrote ladies magazines, commercials, and adjusted the celebrities to show what a woman should be like. Men were the rulers and nothing could change that, as society thought.
Over the decade of the 1950’s women realized that they weren’t treated fair enough, that they were controlled and were being willfully forced into submission. Women realized this when the 1955 may issue of Housekeeping monthly came out with the “Good Wife’s Guide”. Some of the rules included”Don't ask him questions about his actions or question his judgment or integrity. Remember, he is the master of the house and as such will always exercise his will with fairness and truthfulness. You have no right to question him.” This is incredibly forceful in the aspect of women should know what their husbands do; they have the right to know if there is some outside affair.
With this idea of the perfect wife instilled within women’s minds, Betty Freidan makes a stand with Feminine Mystique published February 25, 1963. This book strongly...

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