Summary Response to “I Want a Wife” by Judy Brady

In her essay, “I Want a Wife,” Judy Brady lists the responsibilities of the typical wife in the 1970’s. Brady informs the readers about the treatment of wives and shares her frustrations. She writes in a sarcastic tone, when it comes to discussing a man’s point of view, how easy it would be if she had a wife and how nice it would be. The point she was getting across to the reader was that wives are undervalued.


Judy Brady effectively communicated her message. She did this by discussing how easy life would be if she had a wife. Brady discussed all the responsibilities that a wife would have  to do for the family and the husband. She seemed to make, basically all, husbands look like pigs. There was a slight tone of disgust in her essay. Examples from the article would be how the wife would clean up after the children and the husband. She was comparing the husband to children almost (on how they both needed to be picked up after.). Also she was assuming that every husband cheats on their wife. Brady made it sound as if the wife did everything for her family and husband.

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