Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Academic Program Adviser
Divorce was a remedy employed by working-class Americans in the 1950s when their marital expectations went unmet. Spouses left emotionally, physically, or sexually abusive marriages. Expectations for marriage also centered around assumptions based on gender. Working-class women showed how divorce could be used as a tool of liberation and empowerment.
Catrone, Kristin M., "Divorce as Liberation: Marital Expectations Among the Working-Class in the 1950s" (2020). CUNY Academic Works.