Second Wave Feminism in 1970s

SecondWave Feminism in 1970s

SecondWave Feminism in 1970s

Before1940s, women were confined to house jobs and did not have any voice.Culturally, they were expected to be married at their early twentiesbear children and then devote all their attention in upbringing theirchildren. However, the waves of redeeming society from feminismstarted which was conveyed through various mediums. A TV show thatwas premiered in the year 1976 in CBS TV named “Alice” played apivotal role is expressing the way gender roles were changing in theAmerican society (Zeisler,2008). Alice Hyattstarred the series which was a spin-off from a movie that wasreferred to as Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore.

AliceHyatt is revealed to have become a widow forcing her to shift toArizona with her son from their previous home. Along the way shefound herself working at Mel’s Diner, which is just a smallroadside diner. She had to begin a new life as a single mother in anew place. This series clearly showcases the women’s liberation aswell as their movement towards gaining independence andpower(Zeisler,2008). In the movie Alice Doesn’t Live HereAnymore, she was playing a role of a home maker in Arizona whilehis husband worked as a coca cola’s truck driver. This spin-offreveals a significant evolution of Alice’s life as single mother.

Herrole as a woman standing on her own and working was sending apowerful message to the society that the time of viewing women ashome makers had elapsed. The reality of her role in the movie is thatwomen were becoming independent and strong. Although the situation ofAlice was not ideal, she strived to make her son’s life(Zeisler,2008). This TV show, therefore, sent a strong messagethat women are well able and time for their roles to change was athand.


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