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An entertaining and unique look at the role of women in 20th century America through well-known songs. Dorothy Marcic has created a fascinating and original story chronicling the development of women. Using the country's Top 40 hits with archetypes, lyrics, and personal stories from 1900 through 2000, she shows how in the early part of the century song lyrics resonated with women's dependency and compliant natures; echoed their eventual rebellion in the late 1960s; and mirrored their development as mature, independent persons in the 90s.
First Movement: Invisible, Dependent, and Sexy Verse One: 1900-1929 "I'll Cook and Play the Rent so Long as He Stays With Me" Verse Two:1930-1939 "Innocent Sexpot Betty Boop and the Songs of the Depression" Second Movement: Budding Strength Crushed Into Compliance Verse Three: 1940-1949 "Patriotic and Powerful" Verse Four: 1950-Mid-1960s "Rigid Gender Roles and Blissful Compliance" Third Movement: Johnny, I'll Get Angry Verse Five: 1960s "You Don't Own Me" Verse Six: 1970s "I Will Survive" Verse Seven:1980s "What's Love Got to Do with It?" Fourth Movement: Stand By Yourself Verse Eight: 1990s "Strength and Sense of Self Appendices