The 1950′s was a time of change. Like women in the US, women’s duties were centered around child rearing and house keeping. Most women were married by the time that they reached 19 and were pregnant within the first year of marriage. They were offered shiny new appliances that were supposed to make household chores a delightful occurrence.
The majority of women were secretaries or office workers. There were not many women in the technology field and those that were in the field were not considered colleagues but more as assistants. If they had a career before marriage it was expected that as soon as the first child was born that she would give up her career to be a full time mother and homemaker (Raz, 2012). It wasn’t socially acceptable to do both but there were some women who were able to beat the odds.
World War II brought new perspective to the work front. Women were encouraged to become employed in manufacturing jobs to help with the war effort. Toward the end of the decade, women were starting to see some advantages of feminism and were able to make some progress with equal rights.
“For the first time in their lives thousands of English women have done essential work, have become a vital part of the society in which they live. There are no parasites left in England in any walk of life. And if this new vitality is properly used and directed by England after the war, if the people of England refuse to allow their woman-power to become stagnant and unused during the peace, all these girls and older women who have been a part of the war will become an essential and constructive part of the peace as well” (Raz, 2012) .
There was also a sense of feminism that was raging behind the scenes. Women were encouraged to stay at their jobs and to continue to help provided for their families. The 1950′s were a turning point for the movement for sure. It was also one of the first decades in which women didn’t have as much help in the household like there was in previous years. Hired help was a staple of the earlier generations and women, much like today, are left to do it on their own.