The women agents I interviewed all went on to traditional lives post WW 2; wife/mother except one who found equality in intellectual/political/academic pursuits in another culture, India.
These women stated that the western cultural societal expectations for women which invited the invisibility of their roles in confounding the enemy in WW 2, were the same expectations that post-war made them invisible again, yet this time, in their home countries. The opening up of all types of jobs for women during WW 2 demonstrated that women’s intellect and capacity were equal to men yet after the war governments wanted to return to the more restrictive status quo for women; hear how this unfolded in Invisible Women, Ep. 3.
Although the power gradient has improved since the 1940s, it’s still very much apparent and detrimental to the health of for instance, Canadian families and the nation as discussed here. Furthermore, a recent article reviews ageism as a discriminating factor for all women; the baby boomer generation is especially feeling it. Women over 50 are invisible in their personal, social and professional lives leading to frustration, stress and an overall lack of contentment. Some agencies know that women don’t have an expiration date and are specifically helping talented women to return to the work place. It’s crucial that all women, regardless of age, speak out and challenge archaic norms that continue to thwart the creativity and progress of women and therefore, societies and nations.