In the last century, women have made major strides in our society. We can have careers or kids or both. Being an independent woman is not so rare now; we can take care of ourselves. We still have a long way to go, but we’ve made great progress. Women don’t need to be treated like their husband’s property.
This 1955 guide teaching wives how to treat their husbands will show you just how far we’ve come. These are some of the “rules” from this guide as explained by our own Liberal America writer, Lottie Richard.
1. Have dinner ready when he gets home.
You should be planning ahead for this, ladies, and maybe even starting the night before (after cleaning up that night’s dinner, of course). This needs to be a homemade, from scratch, delicious meal that shows you’ve been thinking about him all day and that you are concerned with his needs.
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2. Look pretty.
Prepare yourself. You need to take some time to get yourself looking refreshed and respectable, wives of the world. Your husband does not need to come home to see you all disheveled and sweaty from that day’s chores. No, no. You need to,
“…Touch up your makeup, put a ribbon in your hair and be fresh looking!”
3. Listen to him.
No… Really listen. You may have things to say to him, too, but your job is to be quiet and listen to him:
“Let him talk first- remember, his topics of conversation are more important than yours.”
4. Quit your bitchin’.
Make the evening his, and don’t complain. Even if he does things you might not like like staying out late, going to dinner without you, or other fun things (like, you know, having an affair). You mustn’t complain:
“Try to understand his world of strain and pressure and his very real need to be at home and relax.”
Women have gained more rights in the decades since this guide came out. In 1960, birth control pills were first approved by the FDA. In 1964, the Civil Rights Act ended discrimination against women in the workplace.
In 1970, Schultz v. Wheaton Glass Co., a U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that jobs for women should be “substantially equal.” This paved the way for women to apply to jobs that had previously reserved for men.
In 1973, the Supreme Court ruled in Roe v. Wade that abortion should be legal, and Republicans have been fighting against it ever since.
Now, we are about to elect our first female president – a great leap forward for our country.
Here is a mini-documentary about women’s rights:
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