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The “Unsettling New Phenomenon” of the 1950s…working moms December 3, 2008

Filed under: Quotes — Ms.M @ 8:38 am

Harper’s magazine in December [1951] struck a somber economic note with an article by Nancy B. Mavity on an unsettling new phenomenon, the two income family, in which husband and wife both went out to work to pay for a more ambitious lifestyle. Mavity’s worry was not how women would cope with the demands of employment on top of child-rearing and housework, but rather what this would do to the man’s traditional standing as breadwinner. ‘I’d be ashamed to let my wife work,’ one man told Mavity tartly, and it was clear from her tone that Mavity expected most readers to agree.”

The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson


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