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Would You Pass This 1930’s Wife Test?

Would You Pass This 1930's Wife Test?
Written by Leslie Means

Oh my gosh, I can’t stop laughing.

Let’s take a look at the 1939 Marital Rating Scale, created by Dr. George W. Crane, shall we?

In this gem of a test, a wife must score herself on the following traits:

Wears red nail polish.


Late for appointments?  (um…)

Has meals on time?  (Do chicken nuggets count?)

Dresses for breakfast?  (Are pants optional?  Also, what’s breakfast?)

Neat housekeeper?  (Let’s pass on that one.)

Lets husband sleep in on Sunday?  (I can’t even.)

Would You Pass This 1930's Wife Test?

Would You Pass This 1930's Wife Test?

We can’t make this stuff up, people.  

Look, I realize times were different then.  Life was different.  But come ON.  I mean, really.  To say I’m thankful to live in 2016 is not an accurate response.  

I’m over the moon thrilled to be in 2016.  I know we have problems, but at least I’m not shunned if I fail to wear pants to breakfast (which, let’s be honest, my husband does breakfast anyway).  

What score did you receive?

About the author

Leslie Means

Leslie is the co-founder and owner of Her View From She is also a former news anchor, published children’s book author, weekly columnist, and has several published short stories as well.

She is married to a very patient man. Together they have two pretty fantastic little girls ages 8 and 6 and one little dude born March 2017!

When she’s not sharing too much personal information online and in the newspaper – you’ll find Leslie somewhere in Nebraska hanging out with family and friends. There’s also a 75% chance at any given time, you’ll spot her in the aisles at Target.


  • I scored -2, making me worst than failure. On the other hand, I’ve been married for 14 years and have 3 kids. I’m the sole bread earner, so there is a role reversal that is not even fathomed in the 1930’s. We’re church-goers, so the sleeping late on Sunday doesn’t apply.