Gidgets and Women Warriors Perceptions of Women in the 1950s and 1960s

ISBN-10: 0822568055
ISBN-13: 9780822568056
Edition: 2008
List price: $38.60
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Book details

List price: $38.60
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Lerner Publishing Group
Publication date: 1/11/2007
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 144
Size: 8.25" wide x 10.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.496
Language: English

Who was Gidget and who were the Woman Warriors? They weren?t specific individuals, but rather symbols that defined perceptions of women during the 1950s and 1960s. Popular media was doing everything possible to undo the strong, work-oriented Rosie the Riveter image of the 1940s and bring women back into the domestic fold. The young, blonde Gidget image offered young girls a role model for carefree living before they settled down to fulfill their patriotic duty as wives and mothers. Yet many women weren?t buying the media images that advised them on how to catch husbands and become dutiful wives and mothers. Instead, they pursued the Woman Warrior persona to emerge as astronauts, peace activists, and women who challenged bigotry and racism. While their 1940s sisters had asked, ?Who am I? Who do I want to become?? females of the 50s and 60s began to ask, ?Who are we? What will society allow us to become?? Their search for answers to these questions would radically change the American woman's role in society. Learn more about the images and issues that framed perceptions about women in these tumultuous decades.

Author's Note
Prologue: The Lady from Maine Addresses the Senate: June 1, 1950
The Three A's of Femininity
Mrs. TV Consumer
Teen Scenes
Civil Rights and Wrongs
Women Warriors of the Cold War
Epilogue: A Year of Protests, 1968

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