Thursday, January 21, 2010

Now and Then

Housewife: whether negative or positive we all have an image that comes to mind when we hear the word housewife. The term/idea has changed over the years - in the 50s and 60s June Cleaver was the epitome of domesticity: beautifully dressed with an immaculate home and delicious dinner ready every night. She never appeared tired or overwhelmed. In the 70s and 80s there was more of a movement towards working outside of the home and by the 90s there was an air of disdain (among some) for those who chose home over career. I'd like to think that in the 2000s we saw a shift away from the dramatic discrepancy between home and work. Women realized that we can have and do it all and that there is no shame in wanting both a successful career and a deep sense of pride in creating and maintaining a home. As we enter a new decade my goal is that during this time I find that balance between caring for my home and my husband and loving my work and the children I teach and do not lost myself in either but rather define myself though both.

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