The Not-So-Modern Housewife

I love watching television shows made decades-ago. As a member of Generation Y, it fascinates (and saddens) me to think that women were once confined to housework and jobs they had no chance to advance in. What’s most peculiar: the women look absolutely thrilled to be inferior to their sexist husbands and bosses…at least that’s what media propaganda of the time portrays.

I Love Lucy is quite interesting. Lucy may be a WASP housewife but she’s also smart and sassy. She frequently disagrees with and challenges her Hispanic husband, Ricky…in the early 1950s! Oh yes…the whole television show is essentially about her, a female, in a male-dominated industry in the middle of the 20th century.

In the episode, “Job Switching” (the famous chocolate factory episode), Lucy challenges Ricky by switching household positions – he the housewife and she the breadwinner. Scandalous. Lucy’s girlfriend, Ethel, makes the same deal with her sexist husband, Fred.

Initially, both men make fun of the women and vice versa. Both parties think the other “has it easy.” By the end of the episode, Fred and Ricky have failed at all their domestic chores and Lucy and Ethel have been fired from their first job (with plenty of laughs in between).

That’s a good display of fairness for 1950s America. In a time when women, African-Americans, homosexuals, and other minorities were shoveled to the outskirts of society and made to feel like outsiders, a show like I Love Lucy came along and contributed to changing attitudes.

My two cents while watching I Love Lucy. 😉

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Girl Power That Rocks the World

Forbes has relased their list of “The World’s Most Powerful Women.”

Since I love strong women who challenge common wisdom and push for equality, I was very excited to read the list.

Among the one hundred listed, the following stood out the most to me…

1. Michelle Obama – First Lady of the United States and champion of healthy lifestyles for America’s students (Facebook)

First Lady Michelle Obama

3. Oprah Winfrey – enormously famous talk show host and all-around charitable media mogul (Facebook, Twitter)

Oprah

5. Hillary Rodham Clinton – brilliant Secretary of State and former First Lady

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

7. Lady GaGa – mega superstar, entertainer, artist, activist and trendsetter (who, let’s face it, is trying to outdo the original mega superstar, Madonna) (Facebook, Twitter)

Lady GaGa

10. Ellen Degeneres – talk show host, comedian and compassionate activist (Facebook, Twitter)

Ellen Degeneres

16. Sarah Palin – Former Vice Presidential candidate, Former Alaska governor, activist, Tea Party darling and media sensation (Facebook, Twitter)

Sarah Palin

21. Angelina Jolie – actress, activist and UN Goodwill Ambassador with a heart for the most vulnerable in the world

Angelina Jolie

29. Madonna – Queen of Pop, mega superstar, entertainer, artist, actress, activist, author and just plain amazing 🙂 (Facebook)

Madonna

33. Chelsea Handler – hilarious comedian, Talk show host and author (Facebook, Twitter)

Chelsea Handler

37. Elizabeth Warren – intelligent, Special Advisor to the President for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, attorney and Harvard Law Professor (Facebook)

Presidential Advisor Elizabeth Warren

47. Meg Whitman – Harvard-educated, former CEO of EBay and candidate for California governor 2010 (Facebook, Twitter)

Meg Whitman

50. Rachel Maddow – talk show host and brilliant political commentator (Facebook, Twitter)

Rachel Maddow

51. Carly Fiorina – former HP CEO and candidate for US Senator in California…and breast cancer survivor (Facebook, Twitter)

Carly Fiorina

61. Suze Orman – famous personal finance mentor, talk show host and author (Facebook, Twitter)

Suze Orman

From politics to comedy shows, the women on this list and countless others like them are changing the world and shattering antiquated stereotypes. We should all be thankful for their views, talents, abilities, compassion, power and vision.