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Description: Abstract Expressionism: Other Politics
MOST AMERICANS DURING the 1940s—often including women—thought that women belonged at home as wives and mothers. Films such as The Snake Pit (1948) even went so far as to suggest that women’s mental health depended on their domesticity. Such thinking was a reversion to prewar attitudes about women’s proper role: in 1936, 82 percent of Americans said they thought that wives should not work if their husbands were employed. Even during the war, magazine articles that encouraged women to take wartime …