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Not June Cleaver: Women and Gender in Postwar America, 1945-1960 (Critical Perspectives on the Past)

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Synopsis:

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781566391719
Editor:
Meyerowitz, Joanne
Publisher:
Temple University Press
Editor:
Meyerowitz, Joanne
Author:
Meyerowitz, June
Location:
Philadelphia :
Subject:
Women
Subject:
History
Subject:
Government and political science
Subject:
Feminism & Feminist Theory
Subject:
Gender Studies
Subject:
Women -- Employment -- United States -- History -- 20th century.
Subject:
Women -- United States -- History.
Subject:
Women -- Employment -- United States.
Subject:
Women's Studies
Subject:
Feminist Studies-General
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Critical Perspectives on the Past (Paperback)
Series Volume:
v. 5-6
Publication Date:
19940531
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
424
Dimensions:
9.00 x 6.00 in

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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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