Not June Cleaver: Women and Gender in Postwar America, 1945-1960
In the popular stereotype of post-World War II America, women abandoned their wartime jobs and contentedly retreated to the home. These mythical women were like the 1950s TV character June Cleaver, white, middle-class, suburban housewives. Not June Cleaver unveils the diversity of postwar women, showing how far women departed form this one-dimensional image.
This collection of fifteen revisionist essays charts new directions in American women's history and provides connections to scholarship that, until recently, has focused primarily on the years before 1945 and after 1960. The contributors explore the work and activism of postwar American women and also point to the contradictions and ambiguities in postwar concepts of gender.
Including examinations of such aspects of postwar women's history as the arrival of Chinese women immigrants in New York City; women's changing presence in the labor force and in union organization; and the precarious lives of women abortionists, lesbians, and single mothers, the authors effectively demonstrate how postwar women's identities were not only an expression of their gender but also of their class, race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, occupation, and politics.
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This volume makes no attempt to provide a comprehensive history. It aims instead to showcase new directions in postwar women's history, to subvert the persistent stereotype of domestic, quiescent ... Read full review
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WOMEN AND WAGE LABOR
An Obligation to Participate
Recapturing WorkingClass Feminism
Womens Employment and the Domestic Ideal
ACTIVIST WOMEN AND THEIR ORGANIZATIONS
Mayhem and Moderation
Is Family Devotion Now Subversive?
Our Skirts Gave Them Courage
CONSTRUCTIONS OF WOMANHOOD
Race Gender and Constructions of Motherhood in the Death
White Neurosis Black Pathology
The Sexualized Woman
The Other Fifties
ABOUT THE CONTRIBUTORS
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