In the 1950s the woman was expected to cook and clean whereas the man was supposed to be the breadwinner. Neither party was supposed to ask for help from the other. Anything outside of these strict places was looked down upon for either gender. If a man had to stay home with the children while the wife went to work, this would be seen as a negative circumstance. However, today, this is more accepted. This isn't to say that there still isn't a stereotypical "housewife", but it is nowhere near as common as it used to be. Actually quite the reverse! There is a series of stay-at-home dads and house-husbands cropping up everywhere.