Not June Cleaver: Women and Gender in Postwar America, 1945-1960

TitleNot June Cleaver: Women and Gender in Postwar America, 1945-1960
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1994
Series EditorMeyerowitz, Joanne
Number of Pages411
PublisherTemple University Press
CityPhiladelphia, PA
Abstract

In the popular stereotype of post-World War II America, women abandoned their wartime jobs and contentedly retreated to the home. This work unveils the diversity of postwar women, showing how farwomen departed from 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. [Description from Publisher]

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