Mary Bailey, not George, is the true hero of It?s a Wonderful Life

Once you see it, you can’t help but see it: the entire movie celebrates the personal sacrifices of a nice man while ignoring the similar sacrifices of a nice woman. why? Because “It’s a Wonderful Life” assumes something society assumed in the 1940s and sometimes still assumes to this day: a wife is supposed to sacrifice, sustain herself, do her job, and go her own way. But when the husband does, the whole city should pay attention.

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