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Industries which had made consumer goods like cars and appliances shifted over to wartime production. Everyday routines were disrupted by rationing and blackouts. But no groups were more disrupted than women and blacks. Excluding, of course the terrible disruption of Japanese Americans interred in camps.
For many women, the primary disruption was the removal of men — husbands, fathers, brothers, sons — from their lives. A substantial of women not only entered the workforce for the first time, but many found that they enjoyed the feeling of competence and independence a job provided.
Rossie the Riveter became an icon. A second, and longer lasting, disruption occurred when men came home expecting that life would return to pre-war norms but were confronted by wives who chose to remain working. Ah, the stay at home mom! The s, a time when moms stayed home and baked cookies and all was perfect.
What was your experience? Did you have a stay at home Mom or were you, like so many, a latchkey kid, outside, finding out about the world on your own? Post your growing up stories — or just a comment — here. She helped out at the PTA. She baked cookies for the. She was always there when they came home from school.
That idealized image did exist, but only for a short time, maybe little over a decade. Like so many things, this phenomenon requires going back to the WWII era. Byat the height of the war, about one third of women worked outside the home, the increase caused by their working in war production factories. The other two thirds may have been at home but they were not just baking cookies. Women at home in the s worked hard in addition to helping in the war effort.
They washed and dried laundry by hand. Floors walls and windows required hand sweeping, scrubbing and wiping. The war ended and things changed.
Rationing was over. A factory that was making tanks now introduced refrigerators and that meant no more ice, no need to shop every day or can garden raised vegetables. In fact, newly introduced frozen vegetables even saved cooking time as did the new Betty Crocker ready to use cake mixes. Vacuum cleaners and automated washing machines further lightened the work load and gave women time. The post war boom brought good jobs and wages, wages enough that only Dad had to go to work.
Thus the era of the stay at home mom was born, somewhere around to It may have been just as many remember it, cookies and all, Mom at the door when the kids came home. In fact, as eras go it was short. But women, now with time available to them, were questioning their roles, and expectations.
By the s the universal ideal of the stay at home mom was already beginning to wane. During the s single income households faced higher living costs and more moms went out to work so. The stay at home mom ideal was a modern, mostly middle class phenomenon and a short-lived one at that.
For many a latchkey kid it never existed. Great article. I really enjoyed this article.
You mention the stay at home mom was born around to I was born in Perfect timing. It was a wonderful time and I never realized just how lucky I was since as you say by the idea of the stay at home mom was already changing. Two parents are generally better than one and a stay at home mom is better than a working mom, but how many families can afford that? If you have a story about women on the home front, please send it along.
Pete ……………………. Those were the days. Dad went off to work while Mom stayed home and took care of the house. Rationing meant detailed planning and making everything last. I loved the article and the old advertisements were fun to see too.Stay at home wives moms
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