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        Discontent and Transformation

        In this lesson, students will analyze the reasons many women of the 1950s and early 1960s felt discontent with their position in society and how they experienced difficulty and resistance when they tried to improve themselves. Students will also analyze the issues behind gender discrimination and examine several potential gender discrimination scenarios to determine if laws had been broken.

        1950s Housewives

        Most middle class women of the 1950s became homemakers. Many women felt dissatisfied.

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        Southern Bell

        Lorena Weeks applied for a job within Southern Bell and was told the job was reserved for men.

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