I Stand Here Ironing: The 1950s Woman Essay | I Stand Here Ironing: The 1950s Woman

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I Stand Here Ironing: The 1950s Woman

Summary: Explores the role of the mother/narrator in the short story, As I Stand Here Ironing. Compares the images of the 1950s ideal woman, a happy housewife and a perfect mother.
What do Betty from "Pleasantville," June from "Leave it to Beaver," and Donna Reed from "The Donna Reed Show" all have in common? They all represent the image of the perfect housewife in the 1950s. They represent women who gladly cooked, cleaned, dressed in pearls and wore high heals while waiting for their all-knowing husbands to come home. They represent women who can only find fulfillment in male domination and nurturing maternal love. Tillie Olsen, as a single mother with four children (204), provides readers with another view of women. Through the representation of the narrator in I Stand Here Ironing, Olsen contradicts the image of the 50s ideal woman, a happy housewife and a perfect mother.

This story begins with a request for the narrator to come in and discuss her daughter. The narrator's response to this is "Who needs help" (199). Her response...

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