10 interesting stories and facts about American women in the 20th century
- During the 20th century in the United States of America, there were much more married women and housewives than working women. American housewives then, like all housewives in the world, do all the work and their working day lasts up to 16 hours.
- The average American did not give up his privileges or become a “man in slippers” by getting married. Such stories are malicious. There was that, but it is not typically “American”. The name of a married American woman is actually characteristic. As soon as Mary gets married, she becomes “Mrs. Billy Smith”. Mary may have a high position, but she is officially “Billy’s Mrs.” You may know Mary for years, but you won’t hear her name if you don’t hear what her close friends, spouse and children or parents call her. Mary will only tell you her name if you approach her to the point of “closer friendship” After that it is offensive to say “Mrs. Smith” because it means the person is rejecting her friendship.
- The American housewife is no different from other housewives of the world, but the way she performs all her duties is striking. Mary wakes up in the morning a little before the others to prepare breakfast. Breakfast is classic: two fried eggs, some fried bacon, fried bread, butter, jam. But time is “expensive” and a lot of time is spent on preparations, so “cereals” are used more for breakfast. There are hundreds of types of cereals according to shape and taste (in the form of beans, peas, letters, rings, sticks and the like). In fact, it is a kind of wafer dough mixed with vitamins and proteins. It is bought in large boxes. It is relatively cheap. Sift the cerelas into bowls and add milk. You get a nice breakfast. And the person is really full until noon. Children love cereals and there is no preparation time.
- Mary starts cleaning the house after all the housemates leave. Mary will wash the dishes by hand or use the tumble dryer and vacuum the dust. Shopping is the next obligation. Mary shops in the nearest shopping center. The shopping center has several garages and gas stations, barbershops, restaurants, a pharmacy, a laundromat and several other essential stores and a super market (a very large store where you can get all the necessary groceries and food items).
- Mary and most Americans never carry money in their pockets or keep money in the home. Mary bought about $30 worth of products but wrote a check for, say, $60. The cashier checks the authenticity of the check. Change is returned in cash. Mary did not have to go to the bank to withdraw the money, but she will use this returned money for gas or, for example, for washing clothes in a private laundry. A check is not written for small expenses of a few US$ dollars.
- Mary keeps money in the bank like all Americans. The money goes to the bank after the householders receive their salary. Money rises according to needs. Business people have so-called “trust cards” with which they can buy gas, eat in a restaurant and hundreds of other obligations. They show the ticket to the waiter, sign the receipt, and the matter is settled. The bill will then arrive at the home address, the bill is paid and everything is okay. Americans have not been known to do this since the time when it was dangerous to carry money in your pocket, purse. Nevertheless, this is undoubtedly a great way to save a lot of money because the money is “stretched” like this. Try it too.
- Around noon, our Mary prepares a cold or light lunch, the so-called lunch. In the afternoon, Mary again has a lot of work and obligations (laundry, friends, hairdresser, flowers, mending clothes, the club and obligations at the club). Mary prepares lunch around 5, but it’s not a big problem. Everything is already ready and the dish just needs to be reheated or baked. The vegetables are cleaned, cooked and seasoned. Mary will heat up the vegetables in minutes. Fresh meat is still better, although you can also buy already cooked meat. The cakes have already been bought.
- Mary sometimes dares to make cakes on her own. It is a special experience for the whole family. Here’s what it looks like. At the supermarket, Mary buys a box whose contents represent a potential cake. On one side of the box is a picture of that cake, because that is the best criterion, and on the other side is the recipe for its preparation. Inside are bags, small packages, small cans. The recipe looks like this: mix the contents of bag number 1 with the liquid from can number 2 and beat with a mixer for 4.5 minutes. Then add the contents of package number 3 and mix by hand for 3 minutes. Leave it in the fridge for 7 minutes. Pour the mixture into a baking tray and bake for 10 minutes. Cut the finished cake into 1×1 inch cubes and dip in cream from a can number 4. Cool for 20 minutes in the refrigerator. The cake is ready for consumption. You have a cake that was a favorite among American pioneers. Mary looks at the recipe and shakes her head excitedly because she is afraid that making the cake is actually some sort of life test. But the whole family is on their feet and gives advice even in the “boiling” kitchen.
- Mr. Billy Smith declares Mary a hero after the lunch and cake are eaten. The children are proud and will surely talk for several days that they ate the cakes of “American pioneers”.
- Europeans (during the 20th century in the United States of America) used to say that many Americans don’t have much taste in clothing. It seems that the Europeans were not right. It’s true that Mary dresses practically, but even after 55 years, Mary will wear light-colored shorts and go shopping by car. Even at over 65, Mary will wear bright dresses with flowers and beautiful designs and patterns. “But they will tell Mary if I have to buy dark colors and depressing patterns. However, Mary says that I have never seen so many obese women as in Europe, so they have to buy dark clothes to look slimmer (a good lesson).
Nice story Amela! I think Mary is the “Hero” of the family.
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Thanks a lot. Agreed totally with you, if I may I would add that Mary is a bit of inspirational character. wishing you every best.
Thank you again for sharing with us, I am catching up what I have missed the past few days
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You are very welcome. Also many many thanks for reading those articles, it is inspiration and positive specially when we all live in those turbulent and sad time.Wishing you very best. Amela
Thank you Amela, I am happy that I found your website and I am following you
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