"We swapped a society where women could be full-time mothers--a role many found fulfilling and satisfying--for one that fuels consumerism and clogs our roads with second cars on the drive to school, where spoiled children, buried under mountains of toys they can't be bothered to play with, watch suggestive TV shows in their lonely bedrooms. And we have this partly because the equality feminists forced us to believe that motherhood was parasitic, the housewife a leech." ~ James TooleyThere are so many things wrong with society today . . . enough to write multiple volumes . . . but don't worry. I won't try to cram all of them into a single post. I was reading back through old papers from my college days, and I ran across the quote above in a paper I wrote on how the mass entrance of women into the workforce during WWII coupled with the rise of radical feminism accounts for a large part of why our modern society is so messed up. This post is the short version.
Women entering the workforce en masse in WWII helped the American economy stay afloat while our men were off fighting. In no way is this a condemnation or a sneer at their gallant efforts. In fact, the number of women in the workforce "rose from 14,600,000 in 1941 to 19,370,000 in 1944." Allan M. Winkler, Home Front U.S.A.: America During World War II. These women in the workforce were a great aid during WWII as they filled the empty jobs left by the men called to be soldiers. Furthermore, the women who worked during WWII still understood that their most important role was as wife and mother, and society as a whole supported this understanding. "When the period of postwar adjustment comes, and their men come home . . . you will see women returning naturally to their homes." Allan M. Winkler, Home Front U.S.A.: America During World War II.
During the war, the Children's Bureau worried that "group care for children under two would cause 'slower mental development, social ineptness, weakened initiative, and damage to the child's capacity . . . to form satisfactory relationships.'" Allan M. Winkler, Home Front U.S.A. Society understood at the time that "[b]abies need not to be taught a trade, but to be introduced to a world. To put the matter shortly, woman is general shut up in a house with a human being at the time when he asks all the questions that there are, and some that there aren't." G. K. Chesterton, What's Wrong With the World. The majority of women gladly and willingly returned to their hearth and home and family.
As women rejected the home and obstinately remained in the workforce, their children left the home to be taken care of by others. This resulted in a decline in the intellect and morality of each successive generation (as evidenced today by the state of marriage; the rise of divorce; abortion; morality; etc.). If women do not raise their children, the family life and morality will suffer a permanent decline. As women fought to demonstrate they could do it all, men lost their motivation to provide and protect their women. The advocate of the single, working mother was the enemy of the traditional family. When women were told they could do it all without a man, the men were listening too. And this is what they heard: "Men aren't necessary. Women can do it alone. Women and children are usually better off without men. Breadwinning oppresses women and children. Marriage and breadwinning can be hard. Why do it, if you are only oppressing the ones you love?" Maggie Gallagher.
As women rejected the family in pursuit of their career, they also rejected their children, which led to the rise in abortion and the use of birth control. Feminists painted children as feminism's "biggest enemies." Kate O'Beirne, Women Who Make the World Worse. They argued that "the battle of the sexes can't be won unless women make war on the tiniest enemies of their independence." Id. These radical feminists view abortion rights as a necessity because they believe that the unique gift of being able to conceive, bear, and give birth to new human beings is merely a symbol of the inferiority of women to men. They refuse to acknowledge that without women bearing and raising children, society would collapse. "Children need their mothers. Children need time with their mothers. The bonding and emotional ties that develop between them affect children's personalities, attitudes, and values--greatly influencing the shaping of their character." Dee Jepsen, Women: Beyond Equal Rights. The mother has the most influence over the children during their most impressionable years, and yet the radical feminists managed to take that beautiful and noble role and twist it into something to be despised and feared.
In our modern society, where the traditional family is constantly attacked and abused, it is our duty to return to the roots of a traditional family. To build up the women who are mothers and wives in our life. To praise the role of mother and emphasize the immense responsibility and honor that role brings. And similarly, we need to raise up the men who are fathers and husbands. To encourage them in their providing for their families. To praise them for their devotion and protection. And to the children, we owe this debt. To raise them in a world where the family is respected and revered. Where a mother can choose to stay at home with her children without being questioned by society at large. Where a father can support his family on a sole income and not receive flack from society for letting his wife stay at home with their children.