Join EMU student, Megan Sears as she presents her undergraduate symposium presentation on gender roles and expectations of working class women, based on Tillie Olsen's short story, "I Stand Here Ironing."
Free to members, call 734-429-9274 to register for this free program.
From Megan's presentation: The stories of working class women often go untold, and the influence of economics on women and children go unexplored, by Tillie Olsen makes these themes the central focus of her short story “I Stand Here Ironing.” Spanning the decades from the Great Depression to the prosperous Fordist era of the 1950s, Olsen remarks upon the increasing prosperity of the nation, while revealing the sacrifices a mother-daughter relationship makes to this so-called progress. While economic conditions have improved, gender roles and expectations for women remain largely unchanged. Published in 1954, Olsen subverts to the idyllic 1950s notions of conformity, prosperity and motherhood, and questions the familial and societal expectations for women.