Corner for relaxation and information
Instructions on how to dress nicely for doing household work
Cover page of a magazine for women (1950s)
Exhibition "Women's Corner" in The Museum of Yugoslav History (prepared in cooperation with the Museum of Contemporary Art) in Belgrade presents everyday life of women in the period from 1940s to 1960s. That was the period from the end of the Second World War and the beginning of socialist political and economic order in Yugoslavia, which greatly influenced and changed the lives of the people.
Organizers of the exhibition write:
"The exhibition Women’s Corner has a goal to present visually some of the questions related to the theme of woman in socialism, and through the form “one day in the life of working woman”. The model of everyday life, presented at the exhibition through several segments, social and private obligations during the day, actually punctuates different roles of woman after the Second World War, as well as how these roles were officially, socially presented.
Socialism as a system strived to remove the concept of ruling class and to remove, through principle of general equality, the material, legal and formal inferiority of women. It was considered that a woman should take part in the work equally, that her role is not only to look after the household and children, but that it is a non-static, socially active role, which makes woman available and functional in all the spheres of life, in the field of work, politics, education."
I have seen the exhibition and read a number of texts in the press about it. The conclusion: In socialism women were expected to be perfect. Just like they are today. Although technicalities and magazine cover pages have changed.
Photos by the author