How were women looked upon and treated in the 1940s - 1950s?

Is it as bad as the stereotype of it is. Were women really expected too listen too their husbands and make sure dinner was ready by 5:00 P.M without question? What was life like for women back then, what was the average daily life, how were they treated and looked upon? Thanks for answering! :)
Update: Doodlebugjim thats where I'm confused. How are men and children and other women loseing from women wanting a full-time job that pays good?
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