The 1950s. Perfection, elegance, grace, family, getting married and raising a family. I think of apron strings tied around a woman’s waist, toddlers running around playing cops and robbers in the family room, a husband returning home late from work. Dinner prepared and a happy housewife smiling merrily at her spouse across the table. At the time, this depiction was supposed to spell out happiness, warmth and fulfillment for every woman.
However, 60 years later, the vision of a feeble housewife trying nothing more than to desperately please her husband and children is hackneyed and cliche. My purpose is to focus on how each decade was able to empower women, not conform them to a common stereotype! I chose represent the 1950s with a counter culture version of the typical woman. A woman who’s not married and may not have kids. A woman who is content and happy just being alive!
The truth is that although many women were subject to constrictive lifestyles dominated by their husbands, there were a few who didn’t conform – who stood up, stood out and made themselves heard.
ROSA SPARKS refused to sit in the back of the bus in 1955.
SIMONE DE BEAVOIR’s The Second Sex comes to the US in 1953.
LUCILLE BALL – Her name became a household word in 1955.