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History of Gender Roles; Timeline

- In 1920, the 19th amendment was passed. The 19th amendment made it possible for women to vote, which means they had finally become true citizens of the United States.
- In 1936, television, as we know it, was invented. Families everywhere started buying them- it provided a way to get new information to the country quickly, but it also provided a way for media to come into America's living room and make a permanent home there.
- In 1942, Rosie the Riveter was designed and became the face of women in the workplace, taking on men's jobs while the men were at war.
- In the 1950's and 60's, a show called "Father Knows Best" was very popular. This show was directed by William D. Russell, and it represents perfectly how much gender stereotypes were running rampant in the mid 1900's.
- In 1955 Walt Disney's Disneyland was started, enforcing the gender stereotypes that exist in Walt Disney's movies in rides, actors, and toys.
- In 1959, the Barbie Doll was invented by Matel. These dolls became a huge success, and they helped to enforce the "perfect body" that young girls dream for, work for, and sometimes die for.
- In the mid-sixty's , a young model named Twiggy claimed international fame.
- In the 1980's, music videos caught flight and became very popular. As the years progressed and new kinds of music became popular, the more degrading and stereotypical the music videos became.
- In 2001, a doll came out that would trounce even Barbie in sales. Bratz dolls. These dolls are regularly dressed in skimpy outfits, and are marketed to young girls. Some people believe they help to cause the sexualization of young girls and even young women.