The Good Wife Guide

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Have you seen this May 1955 Good Housekeeping article, "The Good Wife Guide"? Initially, I laughed at the absurdity of it. Then I thought, No wonder I’m a Rebel Belle.

Put a ribbon in my hair? Cater to his comfort? Prepare his favorite dish? Never question his judgment... because I have no right? His topics of conversation are more important than mine? Be sincere in my desire to please him?

I’m dumbfounded. What am I missing here?

The final recommendation - “A good wife always knows her place!”

Knows her what?

Folks, this was for real! Women in the ’50s actually embraced these beliefs, and, in most cases, intended to pass them on to their daughters. At least that’s how it was in my home. I’ll never forget my mom telling me that my dad was happiest when he came home and found her on her knees scrubbing the floor. We’ve come a long way, baby!!

Check the article out for yourself. It’s titled “The Good Wife’s Guide”. I’d love to hear your comments.

I wonder how the women of the '50s would feel about The Rebel Belle Guide to Bold Self-Expression?

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