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HUMA 1951
Alison Crosby

Lecture Two: Gender And Women’s Studies Readings Friedan: The Problem That Has No Name - The problem lay buried, unspoken, for many years in the minds of American women. It was a strange stirring, a sense of dissatisfaction, a yearning that women suffered in the middle of the twentieth century in the United States - ―Is this all?‖ - ―Over and over women heard in voices of tradition and of Freudian sophistication that they could desire no greater destiny than to glow in their own femininity. o How to catch and keep a man, how to breastfeed, to pursue education only as a means to seek men - Truly feminine women do not want careers, higher education, political rights. - Devote their entire lives to finding a husband and bearing children - By the end of the 1950’s, average age marriage of women in America dropped to 20. - Proportion of women attending college dropped from 47% to 35% in 1958. - By mid 50’s, 60% dropped out of college to marry - A new degree was instituted for the wives – Ph.T – Putting Husband Through - By the end of the 50’s, USA’s birthrate was overtaking India’s. - Women dying of
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