Women in the 1950s in America

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What is the term used to describe a person who is responsible for managing a household?

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1. Which of the following made women a highly sought after demographic for advertisers?

2. Being the primary _____ in 1950s households gave women a significant amount of power and influence in American culture.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

The 1950s ushered in a new era of prosperity, and women were thrust into the position of managing the increasing comforts of middle class homes and families. This quiz/worksheet combo will help you understand how the rising consumer culture focused heavily on women yet failed to recognize how their frustration with their limited roles and lack of career opportunities would lead to the feminist movement of the 1960s.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • The role of women as homemakers
  • The significance of Simone de Beauvoir's book, 'The Second Sex'
  • The effect of consumer culture on women
  • The results of Betty Friedan's research on women during the 1950s
  • The definition of disposable income

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet lets students practice the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension- ensure that you can extract the most important information from the lesson on the lives of women in 1950s America
  • Knowledge application - use your understanding of American women during the 1950s to answer questions about their limited roles and challenges to the happy homemaker stereotype
  • Making connections - use your understanding of how 1950s advertising empowered women to start looking for more opportunities and independence

Additional Learning

To learn more, review the accompanying lesson on American women during the 1950s. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Understand the 1950s emphasis on marriage and motherhood
  • Know the limited job opportunities for women in the 1950s
  • Know the significance of Betty Friedan's book, 'The Feminine Mystique'
  • Understand why advertising began targeting women
  • Understand the link between women in the 1950s and feminists in the 1960s
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