Woman’s War

What distinguishes one person from another is what that person is thinking and how he or she is able to express his or her thoughts.  “The only way for for a woman, as  for a man, to find herself, to know herself as a person, is by creative work of her own” Friedan concludes in her book, The Feminine Mystique. In the 1960’s woman had low skill level jobs as secretaries, house maids, sales woman, nurses or stay at home mom’s, but that did not count since there was no salary attached. These jobs restricted woman from becoming independents and kept them as sex objects and mentally slow.

“The Problem” that was unspoken and kept hidden was in the homes of every woman world wide. Woman were “a man’s wife [and] is the show window where he exhibits the measure of his achievement..The woman who cultivates a circle of worthwhile people, who belongs to clubs, who makes herself interesting and agreeable…is a help to her husband.” Zinn brings this quote to show what role woman were perceived to have. It was not two partners running a house together it was a single ruler, the man, who was the face of the house with the woman running the “behind the scenes” allowing for the face, the man, to inherit the credit. Woman were essentially robots doing everyday things without any meaning. No one was there to applaud the hard work a woman put into herself. That was the unspoken problem.