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Marriage in the 1950s and 60s: from Wedding Vows to Happily Ever After?

Synopsis
After World War II, during which most women worked outside the home as part of the war effort, everything changed. As the men went back to their jobs, the women were expected to return to their role as housewives, dependent on their husbands for an allowance. This collection of radio and television programmes, including Woman’s Hour, Any Questions? and Panorama, looks back at marriage in the post-war years of the 1950s and 60s, with an emphasis on the role of women. It also shows the beginning of social changes, such as divorce reform and the introduction of the contraceptive pill, which had an impact on wedlock.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of release
2010
Subjects
Social Studies; History; Women’s studies
Keywords
archive television; contraception; divorce; families; history of the 20th century; marriage; social history; women’s issues

Online availability

URI
http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/marriage/
Price
free
Delivery
Streamed

Production Company

Name

BBC Television

Distributor

Name

BBC Archive

Web
http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/ External site opens in new window

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