The Role Of Working Women, Then And Now

The Role Of Working Women, Then And Now

Women are making strides. There's more to be made.


People work. It's how they make a living and means for life. Whether sitting at a desk, traveling all over the world, or standing behind a register, in life, it is inevitable. What is something else, that comes with time? A family. Often the role in American society, back between the early 1900s to about the middle and late 1900s, men usually were the ones that worked, women stayed home with the children and took care of the household. But why?

Can women work and men stay home with the kids and pets? Is it socially incorrect for men and women to switch roles? Women began to gain more jobs in the workplace and began to prove to the world what they can be capable of outside the house. The relationship between everyday work and a family unit, overtime has changed in adaptation of the ever-changing society in the Accord and Post-Accord era.

In the Post-Accord Era, the hot topics of birth control rights and gay marriage were "radical" changes to how a family would function. Or is it? After about 1969, gay marriage was beginning to become a more commonly spoken topic into the legalization of gay marriage in 2015. Even as a family, parents want what's better for their children, to help them improve along with the Post-Accord Era.

In the text,"The Corrosion of Character," by Richard Sennett, talks about two people named Enrico and his son Rico. The father, understood that his life and opinions prior to the Post-Accord era, "he hardly wanted his son Rico to repeat his own life". Later in the text, the author stated that the family dynamic is extremely important to a person's growth and that ideals can be learned from other family members.

The labor force of women has also been a crucial factor affecting the family unit. A prime example is the "Rosie the Riveter" archetype. She was a patriotic and happy-go-lucky person, who filled factory job openings when men went off to war in the time of World War II. When a majority of people talk of American women during World War II, the iconic "Rosie the Riveter" is what usually become the topic of conversation. Rosie was the modern factory girl.

She was able to close the gap of women having jobs and the integration with men in the workplace. During World War II, since many men were overseas, women could take up the war effort jobs that had been abandoned and in desperate need to be filled.

Postwar emphasis on women becoming integrated into the workforce, and changing the dynamic of the stereotypical gender roles. Although upon some soldiers returning home, women had been "kicked out" of those jobs, many found other jobs instead of leaving the workforce altogether. By 1945, 37% of women occupied the civilian labor force. In 1965, 33% of women occupied the workforce and by 1990, close to 43% of the employed labor force was women.

The imagery of "riveters" and poster of Rosie were used as propaganda during the war for women of all color and backgrounds. These women joined the labor force not only to improve their quality of life, but to also serve the country and to serve alongside the male counterparts. Those women who were looked at as "Riveters" had many qualifications in the workforce of the wartime industry. They were usually determined by race and geographical location.

Although women still experienced some sexism, many women who had jobs in the wartime era kept fighting for jobs in hopes people would realize how much it improved their lives and feelings of accomplishment as well as the Civil Rights Movement and the Women's Rights Movement.

In comparison to the Accord and Post-Accord era, stay at home moms becoming women in the workplace, the normalization of men staying at home became a staple of society and the modernization of the family unit, as well as the roles individuals play, continues to develop.

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14 Fraternity Guy Gifts Ideas, Since He Already Has Enough Beer

Frat boys are a species of their own and here are some exciting gifts they will be ecstatic to receive!


What more do frat boys love than alcohol, partying, and just acting stupid? Here are some gifts that help fulfill all of those needs for the frat boy in your life!

1. Beer holster belt

Whats better than one beer? Six beers! This fashionable camouflage accessory can be used for tailgates, beach days, formals and everything in between.

Price: $8.49

2. Phone juul holder 

You know those cardholders everyone sticks on the back of their phones? Well, now a Juul holder for your phone is on the market! This will save your favorite frat boy from ever again losing his Juul!

Price: $10.98

3. Animal house poster 

This Animal House poster is a classic staple for any frat boy. This poster will compliment any frat house decor or lack thereof.

Price: $1.95

4. The American Fraternity book

Does the frat boy in your life need a good read for Thanksgiving or winter break? Look no farther, this will certainly keep his attention and give him a history lesson on American fraternity heritage and tradition.

Price: $28.46

5. Beer pong socks 

These snazzy socks featuring beer pong will be loved by any frat boy. As for the way to any frat boy's heart may, in fact, be beer pong.

Price: $12.00

6. Condom case

This condom carrying case will not only protect condoms from damage but also make frat boys more inclined to practice safe sex, which is a win-win situation!

Price: $9.99

7. Frat house candle

Ahhh yes, who does not like the smell of stale beer in a dark, musty frat house basement? Frat boys can make their apartment or bedroom back home smell like their favorite place with the help of this candle.

Price: $16.99

8. "Frat" sticker

Frat boys always need to make sure everyone around them knows just how "fratty" they are. This versatile stick can go on a laptop, car, water bottle, or practically anywhere their little hearts desire.

Price: $6.50

9. Natty Light t-shirt 

Even I will admit that this shirt is pretty cool. The frat boy in your life will wear this shirt at every possible moment, it is just that cool!

Price: $38.76-$41.11

10. Natty light fanny pack 

This fanny pack can absolutely be rocked by any frat boy. The built-in koozie adds a nice touch.

Price: $21.85

11. Bud Light Neon Beer Sign 

A neon beer sign will be the perfect addition to any frat boys bedroom.

Price: $79.99

12. Beer Opener

Although most frat boys' go to beers come in cans, this bottle opener will be useful for those special occasions when they buy nicer bottled beers.

Price: $7.99

13. Frat House Dr. Sign

Price: $13.99

Forget stealing random street signs, with this gift frat boys no longer have to do so.

14. Beer Lights 

Lights are an essential for any party and these will surely light up even the lamest parties.

Price: $17.19

Please note that prices are accurate and items in stock as of the time of publication. As an Amazon Associate, Odyssey may earn a portion of qualifying sales.

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It's Only November, DO NOT Cue The Christmas Music

"Why are people so quick to switch gears from October 31... to November 1st?"


As I write this article it is early November. Crazy how we are already into November. For those of you who have two different personalities from Halloween to November 1, this is for you. Do not cue Christmas music in early November.

November is a really beautiful month if you take the time to appreciate it. Leaves continue to change, the temperature starts to drop, which means more coffee and hot chocolate! The NJEA convention is in early November, if you're an educator, future one, or if you're a current student, you are off these days, and of course, everyone is off for Thanksgiving. A time to celebrate what we are thankful for with our friends and family. Tables full of hot soups to warm our chilly bodies, turkey, creamy mashed potatoes, stuffing, sweet cranberry sauce, an array of pies and desserts, you name it.

So why are people so quick to switch gears from October 31, a time to dress up, trick or treat and attend Halloween parties, to November 1st, a time that has become all about Black Friday and Christmas? We've lost the meaning of Thanksgiving. In my opinion, stores should not be open on Thanksgiving Day. As mentioned it's a day to spend with family. You can shop for those best deals and stand in line for hours the following day and days leading up to Christmas.

We live in a time where everyone is busy with their own lives and family, and it's difficult to get together with everyone's schedules. So on Thanksgiving, it's the perfect time to surround yourself with family and friends, enjoying a meal together, counting your blessings, showing gratitude and appreciation, and catching up on everyone's lives. Truly a day of Thanksgiving!

So I encourage all of you to prepare for Thanksgiving and focus on family, friends, and gratitude. Next time someone talks about Black Friday or Christmas before Thanksgiving, stand your ground, make your voice and the holiday of Thanksgiving be heard.

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