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Fostering the Future of Undergraduate Research

A visit with Ted Tarkow, Professor of Classical Studies & Associate Dean of Arts & Science

By LuAnne Roth
Published: - Topics: undergraduate research pre-professional education mentorship

Clean Cells, Liberating Prisons?: American and British Housewives after World War II and Women of Today

Topics: motherhood feminism

Amanda Schmid, History

Linda Reeder, Mentor

This project focused on the selling of motherhood, specifically through technological innovations and the medicalization of women, to American and British housewives after the Second World War and examined how the politics of mothering after the war still resonate with women today. My research found that housewives in both America and Britain were remarkably similar in the way they looked at housework as well as how they reacted to the culture of the time. Today, many women in both countries are also beginning to question the feminist goal of “having it all,” yearning to become the typical housewives whom the media portrayed in the 1950s.