See the Reason Why Rizzoli & Isles Won Best Drama at the 2010 Women’s Image Network Awards: Watch Rizzoli and Isles Season One on DVD!
Not until World War 2 in the early 1940’s did America see a large influx of women in the workforce. Historically, women worked in the homes and played the role of the housewife. Women were to do the cooking, cleaning, caring for the children, and other miscellaneous housework. During World War 2, labor was greatly needed to help produce war equipment and due to the fact that many men were leaving for service, women were called to help because of the labor shortage.
Some women enjoyed working, but there was a lot of discrimination and attitude towards women working in traditionally male jobs. After the war, a lot of women were laid off or forced into lower paying jobs. Although, we have come a long way since then, women are still paid less than men and are often still excluded from some industries. According to the Center for American Progress Action Fund in 2011, women on average with four-year degrees make about $713,000 less than men over 40-year careers.
Also, it wasn’t until the 60s and 70s when you started to see women on television breaking away from the traditional stereotypical role of the housewife. In my opinion, you still see a lot of gender stereotyping on the big and the small screen. The men are still displayed as the strong, masculine, sports fan, and head of household or the breadwinner; whereas, women are traditionally depicted as very feminine, gentle, sympathetic, and the caregiver.
This is why I love Jane Rizzoli and Dr. Maura Isles from TNT’s drama “Rizzoli and Isles”, winner of the 2010 Women’s Image Network Awards for Best Drama. Jane Rizzoli and Dr. Maura are two powerful women who worked their way up the police force– A traditionally male job. They are constantly beating the men at solving Boston’s most notorious crimes. Although Maura Isles, is more of the flirty and elegant one and Rizzoli is more like one of the boys, bold and aggressive, these characters tell women they could do anything with any type of personality, coming from any type of background. It’s very empowering for young women and a Fashionista to see powerful women surviving in a sometimes cut-throat workforce.
Fashionista, remember we can do anything, especially when it comes to our career choices, so follow your heart and don’t forget to watch empowering women such as Jane Rizzoli and Dr. Isles as a reminder of just how successful you can be.
See the reason why Rizzoli & Isles won Best Drama at the 2010 Women’s Image Network Awards. The first season is now available on DVD: http://bit.ly/mt2Hpo
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Originally posted at “First Class Fashionista”