Dieting became the next big trend in the 1950s. The conventional belief that having a few extra pounds to spare began to dissolve and reform as the belief that you must be as slim and fit as possible to be able to be seen as "beautiful." With the trend of the "flapper" beginning in the 1920s, the idea that thinness was unattractive went out the window. Thinness began to symbolize youth and liveliness; if you were not thin, you were not society's embodiment of "true beauty."
Thousands and thousands of supplements were created; they claimed that they would aide weight loss overnight, cause the fat to melt off your body, or some other outlandish claim that we all know is not true today. Such claims were even made that products would do all the weight loss for you, which we all know is not true because it requires a balance of exercise and eating right to truly see results.
American's growing appetite for traveling further and further from home finally began develop the highway system that we still have today. They wanted to get far away, and they wanted it fast. Because of this, the gradual development of a highways system began so travel to and fro happened with ease.
By the mid-1950s, about 70% of American households owned at least one car, yet the American highway system still remained inadequate with major room for improvement. At this time, with the exception of toll roads, there were no fourway highways. Many states were only connected by small roads that often contained sharp turns and steep inclines. Also at this time, with the threat of nuclear war becoming a constant, there was no easy way to evacuate in and out of the afflicted area. Because of this, President Eisenhower permitted the construction of 43,000 miles of highway road systems.
Up until this time, women found themselves at home when they really wanted to be out in the real world working. Those that wanted to have a career before starting a family did not have the option because birth control was not highly sought after until the 1950s. It began with a social activist, Margaret Sanger, sharing her story of her mother's death. She believe her mother died from the last of the 11 births that she endured throughout her life because, at the time, there was no way for women to control the amount of children they could have. With help from an endorser, Margaret Sanger was able to develop an early birth control pill.