Gender Inequality

Gender Inequality

Women’s roles were changed drastically in the 1950s as men came back from war with the idea that they would be taking their jobs back. The perception of women changed from being hardworking during World War II to the “perfect” women who abide by traditional rules. Many advertisements on television started presented the role women have as a mother and wife. Television advertisements generally showed women in the kitchen or cleaning the house. The idea that came out of this was that women in the 1950s were dedicated housewives whose only goal in life was to meet the expectations and needs of their husbands. Society in the 1950s believed that this was the role for women. Looking at women’s role in society and their rights today, there has been a slight improvement. However, even though the “traditional” roles are not applicable as much now as they were then, there are others aspects of the perceived view of the role of women that still exist in today’s society.


Bettie Page was an American model in the 1950s. She became a symbol of beauty and femininity that transcended ordinary standards.


Rosie the Riveter or the “We Can Do It” poster was made during the war to portray a strong female war production worker. This poster still has an effect when influencing and inspiring women to go beyond.

Advertisement in the 1950s portrays how men viewed women and how much importance they held in society.


Today, even after all the progress women have made in their rights, people still believe that women are not able and should not do certain things.


This picture shows that there has been little to no progression in the world to reach equality for men and women.


Sexual assault is extremely prominent in society today. However, people still blame the victim for “being out late” or wearing “inappropriate clothing”, instead of blaming the people who commit the crime.