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Women in Postwar Magazine Illustration

Women in Postwar Magazine Illustration

The 1950s housewife has been a mainstay of American visual culture, used to embody both the hopes of postwar economic opulence and the limitations of the domestic sphere that second wave feminism pushed against. In this talk, EHS Interim Director, Mary Agnes Ratelle explores the visual representation of the 1950s housewife, analyzing her representation in magazine illustration and placing these images into the context of postwar marketing practices and psychological theory.

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