Of course the stereotypes are not true. women came in all different kinds in those days, just like they do now. some women listened to theirhusbands more than others, some didn't listen to them at all. Women were not all exactly alike in those days any more than they are now.
Average daily life would vary depending on what sort of woman you were and what kind of life you led. Most single women and some married women would have been working for a living (women did work in those days, despite what you may have heard).
However, unlike today, having to work for a living and look after a home and family was not considered a particularly desirable option by most women. Most women who could afford it gave up work when they married. The prospecty of 'juggling' a job and a family wasn't terribly appealing. Women who were serious about pursuing a career generally stayed single.
And whether you ate dinner at 5pm or not would depend largely on your social class. I don't know what the situation is in America, but in the UK, eating an evening meal that eary would generally be seen as a working class habit. Middle class people would eat dinner later, 7 or 8 pm would be more usual. Most women would prepare the evening meal at the hour that was customary for them.
My mother was a housewife in the 1950s, and there was nothing at all subservient or downtrodden about her, nor about her friends that I can recall. Frankly, today's women seem to me to be alot more downtrodden than the women of my mother's generation. they are all expected to work for a living, and to do all ormost of the housework, childcare, etc as well.
My own childhood I remember as very agreeable. My mother and her friends were all almost all housewives (my mother did have one married friend who had a job,she was a buyer in a large London department store, but she didn't have any children). My mother and her friends were always in and out of each other's houses, drinking coffee and chatting, and they did the housework and shopping at their leisure instead of having to cram it in around a job. And I and the other children were at home instead of languishing in daycare. I remember enjoying going out with my mother, going upp to London on the bus to the shops, having tea in Derry and Toms roof garden, going to Kensington Gardens, the Museum of London, the Natural History Museum etc. It was lovely. My own opinion is that since the 1950s things have changed for the worst on the domestic front.