In the decades following the second world war, women entered the workforce in greater numbers than ever before. Throughout the post-war period, the tension in American culture between the suburban ideal and the newly liberated woman exposed the contradiction at the heart of American culture and values. By the 60s and 70s, women were fighting back against the forces that kept them under the thumb of patriarchal sexual mores, exploitative workplaces and regressive social values. Come with us as we explore how women’s place in the home, the office, the bedroom and on the factory floor were broken apart and then put back together by the cultural forces that defined these two important decades.
About the Programmers:
Caitlin Hart is a writer, critic, comedian and cinephile. Published in Bitch, Broadview, Briarpatch, and other publications that don’t start with B, her work explores the absurdities of being a woman, how media depicts women, and the changing nature of work and labour. When she’s not writing or performing, you can find her eating stone fruits, listening to records and hanging out with her cat, Wyatt.
Matt Campbell lives and works in Edmonton. In his spare time he can be found either podcasting or excessively tweeting.