Date of Award

Fall 2018

Document Type


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Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


History Department

First Advisor

Robert Weinberg


Father Know Best, The Andy Griffith Show, and Julia enforced traditional gender roles through their depiction of women as a mother, wife or an object to admire. Focusing on the themes of motherhood, women’s roles in society, women in the professional world and portrayal of race within the episodes, this paper discusses how the shows limited women’s roles on television to traditional gender norms of women as domestic beings.

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