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By Susan Ostrander

In a special departure from the standard stereotypes, Susan Ostrander won entry to this elite neighborhood and interviewed the ladies in a single U.S. quarter to review their roles, actions, and self-images. between her conclusions, Ostrander indicates that even though those girls are economically and socially robust, they're for the main half, unliberated, being subservient to their husbands and to their responsibility to undergo and lift children.

within the sequence Women within the Political Economy, edited by way of Ronnie J. Steinberg.

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That's where a woman fits in to a husband's work. There isn't a partner hired in the firm now where they don't look over the qualities of the wife. If my husband were to consider a new partner for the firm, he would make it rus business to be entertained in their home to look over the wife. When we entertain maybe 150 people for dinner at the club, it's mostly for business. " For the newer upperclass families, then, entertaining is one of the ways to become accepted by the established upper class.

It's a hard thing to live up to. " While Mrs. Cooper felt she had father's high standards to live up to, Mrs . Langdon spoke of her mother as the reference point: "When you come from a family that has contributed so much, you feel pressured to accomplish yourself You set goals and try to achieve as much . I wanted to show my mother that I could be my own person in the community. " Some women apparently had had enough demands made on them for social responsibility and had decided to rest on their laurels.

I wanted to be able to buy things without its going through my husband's office. I didn't want everyone to know how much everything cost. So now I handle my own accounts, and I enjoy it immmensely. " Mrs. Haines (a young woman who had married into a family of old money) said: "Nobody can say I married my husband for his money because I can match him .

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