Gals, your hubby is going back to work!
A collective sigh could be heard from housewives across the country when Donald Trump announced in Michigan “We are getting your husband’s back to work!’
Finally, the ladies can tend to their real duty of being a housewife and mother and let the breadwinner do what God intended. No need to worry their pretty little head about how the bills are going to get paid!
Hubbys are back to work and back to being the head of the family.
Trump’s out of touch mid-century scenario seems to jive perfectly at life at the Amy Coney Barrett house where the man is always in charge, even if the little lady of the house is a supreme court justice.
And what gal wouldn’t want to go back to that time.
The mid-century suburban Housewife was the most envied woman in the world…smart…yet easy-going with never-you-mind freedom; that was the new Mrs. America!
A time when the ideal wife was someone could balance a checkbook, get out of a restaurant without losing her gloves, wear a pair of stockings twice without developing a run and prevent the Chinese laundry from smashing his shirt buttons and spraying on too much starch.
Crossword puzzle enthusiasts when presented with the clue “Head of a Household, 7 letters,”could confidently fill in the letters in their square neat handwriting HUSBAND.
Women dutifully filling out the 1960’s census form while sitting at their Formica kitchen tables wrote in their husband’s name as “the head of the household” on the first line, after proudly filling in “homemaker” in the blank for wife’s occupation- it was the new modern term for housewife.
One of the questions on the census form concerned whether any member of the household other than the husband worked: “Did this person work anytime last week?” the government asked.
You were instructed to include “part-time work such as helping without pay in a family business or on a family farm.”
“However, Uncle Sam stated very clearly- “Do not count housework.”
As if any woman would ever consider that work.