In what way used be women in 50’s by comparison in today society. Can woman be anything today?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The previous thoughts are quite solid.  I would say that there are less barriers in terms of social and economic hurdles that women face today than in the 1950s.  However, it should be noted that all obstacles are not fully overcome.  As then Presidential Candidate Clinton noted, "There are about 18 million cracks in that glass ceiling."  The "ceiling" is still there, though.  There are still economic limitations in terms of equality of pay between men and women for the same work, and there is still a crisis of representation in the economic positions of power in the workplace.  Yet, I think that massive strides have been made.  The notion of can a woman be anything today is more more recognizable in today's setting than in the 1950s.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In the United States, women have many more options today than they had in the 1950s.  I do not think you can say that women can be absoultely anything today, but it is pretty close.

In the 1950s, women had very few job options open to them.  Many jobs were explicitly closed to women.  Society expected that women would stay at home and take care of the kids.

Nowadays, there is not really any such expectation.  There are only a very few jobs that are truly closed to women and those are things like combat position in the military.  This is not to say that there is no discrimination against women, but it is much less than it used to be.