Women in the 1940’s vs. Women in the Millianial Essay.
You may look at my title and say to yourself, women are the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow; strong, beautiful, feminine, and self-confident. Now you are probably smiling saying that’s me. Well not so fast. Although women in the 1940’s (Greatest Generation also known as The Lucky Few) and women today (Generation Y also known as Millennial) have some similarities, they also have their differences. This essay will be providing you with similarities and differences about women roles and expectations, work, money and recession in the 1940’s and today and then you will see what it means.
This period (1940’s) was a time of many tumultuous changes for the nation in general, such as World War 1 and the Great depression. Each of these factors significantly influenced women’s roles in both the family and the work force.
Expectations of women were greater and more settled in the 1940’s. Young women then were expected to marry at a young age, usually around eighteen years of age.
Although you may think that that was too young of a time to marry, in my opinion it kept women from running around with many kids and no father. At least they were a family. Women were expected to work hard in factories and domestic services. However, most women were having duties at home doing chores, babysitting, educating their children and run the house while the husband was not there. Society thought that doing these things would be a “successful women” (Sophia Cassey,) which they were somewhat right. If you look at these women, they became very successful hardworking women, making money and still taking care of home and nothing has changed.
Women roles and expectations today are just about similar. Women’s roles today are still to clean, cook, work, and take care of themselves. The only thing is that they have help. The men are to do the same thing and help out around the house. Women today work hard and are in school. The only difference between women today and then is that we are able to vote, but we barely go do it. In my opinion, we work but we aren’t hard workers like those in the 1940’s. We sit and have kids but don’t want to work to take care of family or ourselves. We sit and wait on a check instead of getting out here and working for it. We have a chance to fight in the wars and go help out but we don’t. Instead we act like we are to pretty to get out and get dirty. Instead of get out and make something out of ourselves, we sit at home and look at television and worry about keeping our figure up and hair done instead of spending time with family and doing chores. We also don’t have to go to war to help the men but we can choose to.
Women in the 1940’s as well as the women today work and many loved to work. Women in the 1940’s weren’t able to work to start off with but then had the opportunity to. Only when millions of men joined the armed forces, women took on an active role in World War II and took on many paid jobs that previously had been held by men – such as bank teller, shoe salesperson or aircraft mechanic. Woman started working in factories – this was called the “Rosie the Riveter” phenomenon. (Tomas) As a way to lure young women into the factories, advertisers showed women workers as glamorous and even fashionable. They mentioned that women did not care much about their appearance while at work, but that they were still feminine underneath the dirt. (Gregory 32) Women today work well at least some.
Many women have stopped working as much or period so that they could stay home take care of kids and do chores. But many are just lazy. They have gotten lazy over time. Although, the fact that women today don’t work as much and hard as women in the 1940’s so that they can be that house wife, is great. But many take advantage and lose themselves. Many women today are pursuing their careers unlike women did back in the 1940’s. Women today also get paid more than those in the 1940’s. We may get paid more but they got way more hours than we are able to get now. Women will still and always do some work for the most part of them. Now that you see our differences here are our similarities. When it comes down to how we handle money and our recession we are very similar. In the 1940’s women believed in saving money.
Saving money and being “thrifty” were considered virtues (ppt. Intro to the Six Generations). Money was spent on survival at this time rather than luxury. Women (also men) spent their money wisely taking care of the house, bills, and things of that nature. It wasn’t spent on cars, big houses and things of that nature. Not saying they didn’t buy clothes and shoes and things they just weren’t concerned about the brand and or spending lots of money on it. Women today they are known as the “cheapest” generation. Some don’t want to end up like their parents and in debt they rather save their money and use it wisely, just because of the recession. Women today are also not worried about going out and buying fancy cars and homes even though the commercials they show have you thinking it’s a great thing to invest we aren’t stupid and we don’t want it.
Women in the 1940’s and women today are going through and have been through a recession. Times are hard and always have been for women in the 1940’s not being able to work to start off and then when they did they got low pay. We get higher pay now but not many hours. We can barely get a job in our career along. We have no work, not much money, and opportunities to choose from this day of time (as far as jobs in our career). We all are suffering and have suffered trying to make a way for ourselves and family. We women are still the stronghold in life, beautiful, intelligent, and strong. And although women have their differences in their beliefs and expectations they also have their similarities in recession and money. Women are yet not the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
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