Perfect Wives in Ideal Homes

    Perfect Wives in Ideal Homes

    The Story of Women in the 1950s

    Virginia Nicholson

    Viking 2015

    Hardback 544pp Illustrated

    9780670921317   Product Code: 22953

    What did it feel like to be a young woman in the 1950s? Virginia Nicholson examines the pressures under which women lived in a post-war culture characterized by sex discrimination, inhibition, conservatism and hierarchy, and in thrall to the ideals of marriage, home and the perfect wife. With the emphasis on real women's experience, she explores topics from coronation fever, through 'how to get your man' manuals, housework and paid employment to the pervasive fear of atomic war.

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