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What were issues of gender roles in the 1950s?

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Posted July 31, 2013 at 9:43 PM via web

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What were issues of gender roles in the 1950s?

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jraineharrison | College Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted July 31, 2013 at 10:17 PM (Answer #1)

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In the 1950s, gender roles became more divided.  As men returned from WWII, women were encouraged to return to the home.  Gender stereotypes were put into place to ensure women would stay in the home.  

This gender stereotype including the men going to work and women staying home serving as caregiver, housekeeper, and restricting women's involvement in society.  Women were told to believe in male domination and that they were to be subservient to men.  Women still wanted to remain involved in their communities, culture and the workplace. 

In the 1960s, women started becoming more educated and rebelling against this ideology. 

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