The decade of the 1950’s is commonly called “the last age of innocence” During this time it was normal and expected for families to dine together, go out together, and, in general, participate in activities that brought peace and harmony to their respective communities. Families attended church every Sunday, discipline with respect to children was a major concern within families, and disrespect of elders was out of the question. Children spent more time outdoors and with friends because many parents did not allow their children to stay inside for long periods of time. Perhaps the most visible cultural aspect of the 1950’s was the image of the “perfect housewife" who was expected to cook, clean, and meet her husband's every desire. This website will examine how society influenced and molded women into the "perfect housewife" that is remembered to this day.
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