Chapter 32

Chapter 32: Through The Picture Window: Society And Culture, 1945-1960

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Women in a Conforming Culture


How did women respond to the culture of conformity in the 1950s?

Many Americans enjoyed an improved standard of living during the 1950s. The affluent society, however, called upon Americans to conform to specific roles and behaviors. Women were expected to maintain the house and raise the children while her husband earned a living. Some women enjoyed the traditional role of housewife, but others found it limiting and depressing.


Choose from the following titles:

  1. Jennifer Colton, "Why I Quit Working," Good Housekeeping (September 1951)
  2. A Purpose for Modern Woman (1955), Adlai E. Stevenson
  3. Feminine Mystique (1963), Betty Friedan
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