Women in the 1950s. Essential Question: What was life like for suburban women in the 1950s?. WWII employment for women. Large demand for labor New job opportunities for women 30,000 served in the military.
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Essential Question: What was life like
for suburban women in the 1950s?
Women’s Auxiliary Corps laboratory technician conducts an experiment, Fort Jackson State Hospital, 1944
Aircraft engine technician and senior supervisor, Naval Air Base, 1942
A secretary and her boss, an industrial designer, New York City, 1950
Kennedy wedding, Jacqueline throwing the bouquet, 1953
A photo of the Cleaver family from Leave it to Beaver, a popular TV show in the 1950s-60s
Levittown track homes of the 1950s
A 1950s ad for a cleaning product
A 1950s ad for an electric iron
Central Historical Question
Were housewives happy with their lives?
2) Were women in the 1950s just staying at home?
3) Documents A and B say women were staying at home; but Documents C and D say that women were politically involved and even working. Who should we believe?
4) Do you think African-American, Latina, Asian American, and women from other minority groups had similar experiences to those depicted in these documents? Why or why not?