June Cleaver actually wore pearls when she was vacuuming, according to the television portrayal of the perfect mother in the 1960s show Leave it to Beaver. Along with that string of pearls over a meticulous dress, June's neat bob was perfectly coiffed. I'm sure her domestic perfection was a curse to the "real" women of her day.
Women -- and men -- still struggle today under cultural norms with ideas of how parenting, relationships and life should look. Trying to keep up with an illusion of perfection is exhausting.