Women's Magazines, 1940-1960: Gender Roles and the Popular Press / Edition 1

Women's Magazines, 1940-1960: Gender Roles and the Popular Press / Edition 1

by Nancy A. Walker
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0312102011

ISBN-13: 2900312102011

Pub. Date: 03/15/1998

Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin's

This is the first volume to use women's magazines as a window into the experience of women living in the 1940s and 1950s. The book chronicles the debate over women's domestic and public roles during two decades of enormous social change in America. Organized into 7 topics, the 60 compelling articles and 10 advertisements, taken primarily from Ladies' Home Journal,

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This is the first volume to use women's magazines as a window into the experience of women living in the 1940s and 1950s. The book chronicles the debate over women's domestic and public roles during two decades of enormous social change in America. Organized into 7 topics, the 60 compelling articles and 10 advertisements, taken primarily from Ladies' Home Journal, Good Housekeeping, Woman's Home Companion, Better Homes and Gardens, Harper's Bazaar and McCall's, provide a fun and fascinating look at the place of women in American society during the 1940s and 1950s and what their goals were (or were perceived to be). The selections effectively illustrate how feminine culture has (and has not) changed in the second half of the twentieth century. A general introduction places women's magazines in the context of World War II and postwar America, and chapter introductions provide historical background on the themes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2900312102011
Publisher:
Bedford/St. Martin's
Publication date:
03/15/1998
Series:
Bedford Cultural Editions Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
274

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
List of Illustrations

PART I. INTRODUCTION: WOMEN'S MAGAZINES AND WOMEN'S ROLES

The Role of the Women's Magazines
Women and Society

PART II. THE DOCUMENTS
1. World War II
1. "What Do the Women of America Think about War?" Ladies' Home Journal, February 1940
2. Pearl S. Buck, "Women and War," Ladies' Home Journal, May 1940
3. Dorothy Dunbar Bromley, "Women Work for Their Country," Woman's Home Companion, December 1941
4. "How a Woman Should Wear a Uniform," Good Housekeeping, August 1942
5. " Meet the Berckmans: The Story of a Mother Working on Two Fronts," Ladies' Home Journal, October 1942
6. J. Edgar Hoover, "Mothers. . .Our Only Hope," Woman's Home Companion, January 1944
7. James Madison Wood, "Should We Draft Mothers?" Woman's Home Companion, January 1944
8. Alfred Tooms, "War Babies," Woman's Home Companion, April 1944
9. "When Your Soldier Comes Home," Ladies' Home Journal October 1945

2. Women and the Workplace
10. Mrs. Franklin D. Roosevelt, "Women in Politics," Good Housekeeping, April 1940
11. "You Can't Have a Career and Be a Good Wife," Ladies' Home Journal, January 1944
12. Alice Hamilton, M.D., "Why I Am against the Equal Rights Amendment," Ladies' Home Journal, July 1945
13. Jennifer Colton, "Why I Quit Working," Good Housekeeping, September 1951
14. "Women in Flight," Mademoiselle, December 1952
15. "The Married Woman Goes Back to Work," Woman's Home Companion, October 1956

3. Marriage and Motherhood
16. Helen Welshimer, "My Husband Says --," Good Housekeeping, February 1940
17. Wainwright Evans, "Are Good Mothers 'Unfaithful' Wives?" Better Homes and Gardens July 1941
18. "What's on Your Mind," Redbook, 1945
19. Amram Scheinfeld, "Are American Moms a Menace?" Ladies' Home Journal, November 1945
20. "Are You Too Educated to Be a Mother?" Ladies' Home Journal, June 1946
21. "What Makes Wives Dissatisfied?" Woman's Home Companion, April 1947
22. Clifford R. Adams, "Making Marriage Work," Ladies' Home Journal, January 1948
23. Mrs. Dale Carnegie, "How to Help Your Husband Get Ahead," Coronet, January 1954
24. Paul H. Landis, "What Is 'Normal' Married Love?" Coronet, October 1957
25. Beryl Pfizer, "Six Rude Answers to One Rude Question," McCall's, July 1960

4. Homemaking
26. Grace L. Pennock, "Starting from Scratch," Ladies' Home Journal, April 1940
27. Dorothy Canfield Fisher, "Housekeeping Need Not Be Dull," Ladies' Home Journal, October 1941
28. Dr. Carl P. Sherwin, "The Questions-Box," Good Housekeeping, January 1944
29. M. F. K. Fisher, "The Lively Art of Eating," Harper's Bazaar, November 1944
30. Dorothy Thompson, "Occupation-Housewife," Ladies' Home Journal, March 1949
31. Helen W. Kendall, "Electric Mixers -- Strong Right Arms," Good Housekeeping, January 1950
32. Jane Whitbread and Vivian Cadden, "Granny's on the Pan," Redbook, November 1951
33. Robert J. Knowlton, "Your Wife Has an Easy Racket," American Magazine, November 1951
34. Paul Jones, "Is There a Plot against Women?" Ladies' Home Journal, July 1954
35. Selma Robinson, "103 Women Sound Off!" McCall's, February 1959
36. Joyce Lubold, "My Love Affair with the Washing-Machine Man," McCalls, June 1960

5. Fashion and Beauty
37. Ruth Anna Read, "Those Simple Little Exercises," Good Housekeeping, July 1940
38. "The Mood Has Changed," Harper's Bazaar, September 1944
40. Sally Berry, "Do You Make These Beauty Blunders?" Good Housekeeping, April 1944
41. Elizabeth Pope, "What Is a 'Well-Dressed Woman'?" Redbook, July 1945
42. Janet Engel, "The Fattest Girl in the Class," Seventeen, January 1948
43. "The Lass with the Delicate Air," Mademoiselle July 1949
44. "At My Age," Harper's Bazaar December 1949
45. "The Line Forms Here," Mademoiselle, July 1952
46. Ernice Peck, "Accessory after the Body," Madamoiselle October 1952
47. "Making Less of Yourself," Harper's Bazaar, September 1955
48. Elinor Goulding Smith, "How to Look Halfway Decent," McCall's, February 1959

6. Critiques of the Women's Magazines, 1946-1960
49. Elizabeth Bancroft Schlesinger, "The Women's Magazines," New Republic, March 1946
50. Ann Griffith, "The Magazines Women Read," American Mercury March 1949
51. Marghanita Laski, "What Every Woman Knows by Now," Atlantic Monthly, May 1950
52. Mary McCarthy, "Up the Ladder from Charm to Vogue," Reporter, July 1950
53. Katherine M. Byrne, "Happy Little Wives and Mothers," America, January 1956
54. Joan Didion, "Marriage a la Mode," National Review, August 1960

APPENDICES

Questions for Consideration
Suggestions for Further Reading

Index

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