What they left out was that she looks like June Cleaver. Unfortunately, nowadays, it is most often used in a derogatory manner and preceded by the words "Little Miss". For example, "who does she think she is bringing that 12-layer mocha latte strawberry cake to Bunco? Little Miss Suzy Homemaker?" See, derogatory, not complimentary. Since I recently heard this term, I decided to do some research as to who Suzy Homemaker actually was.
Ironically, Suzy Homemaker was not a person at all, but a line of toys produced by Topper Toys and introduced to Joan Q. Public in 1966. Marketing was targeted to little girls between the ages of 4 and 12. What is even more bizarre is that these were not toys at all. These items were functioning household appliances designed to introduce little girls to the world of domesticity. Look at this ad, if you can read between the blurry lines...
I really don't know whether to be repulsed or tickled at the wording "a busy little mother's work". But, the bigger question is, do I really want a 5 year-old ironing my silk blouse? Or using the blender to make margaritas at my girlfriend party?
And the Suzy Homemaker Doll was second only to Barbie in doll sales.
I figure her knees were jointed so she could get on the floor with those little girls who had to be on their hands and knees all day scrubbing the wax off floors.
In addition to the toys you see in the ads above, there were also these....
As I stated above, I've always heard the term but never knew it referred to toys. As a child, I never had the opportunity to own any of these toys. Maybe we were too poor for my parents to buy any of these for me (one of the ads encourages you to "charge it") or maybe my parents decided that if I was too lazy to do my chores, I was definitely too lazy to play with a toy that resembled work. Or maybe my parents exercised really good judgment by not putting an oven in the hands of a 7 year-old.
They waited until I was 12 (way more responsible) and bought me a new Easy Bake Oven, Suzy Homemaker's largest competitor!
*all images above were borrowed from the internet