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The ever-changing roles of women The roles of women have changed radically from the early, conservative women, who's' soul purpose was to be married and once married, to look after the children and their husbands, examples of such women are in 'Pride and Prejudice' by Jane Austen. 'The business of her life was to get her daughters married...' The date and reason for the start of the huge change was in 1920, where after the First World War, the women had learned to make decisions on their own and be independent while their husbands had all been fighting in the war. As well as becoming independent, women's attitudes to life began to change too. A 1976 survey showed that a woman's main concerns were love, marriage, husbands and careers in that order. ...read more.


Mr. Collins speaks this in the proposal to Elizabeth, however he asked the wrong daughter and despite her family's situation, Elizabeth declined the offer. Research shows that the amount of time men spend doing housework has been gradually increasing over the last ten years, however the role of fathers in a child's development is still a lot less than the mother's role. I recently did an experiment and sat just outside the primary school St Peters school in Winchester, and saw just how many mothers compared to fathers there were going to pick up their children. Women were clearly dominant in this observation, some even arriving twenty minutes early to pick up their children. Whether the dominance of women in this part of childcare is due to the mother's social reasons or simply because of their job status contrasted to their husbands, it is unknown. ...read more.


In 1993 a market research group called Mintel did a survey on how equal household chores were shared out between husband and wife. The results were that eighty-five percent of women living with a man said they did the washing, ironing and cooked the main meal. The other twenty percent said that their partner shared only one domestic chore and one in a hundred men share the chores equally. In conclusion, the roles of women within the community have changed a lot and so have men's, nowadays, men are encouraged to do more domestic chores and look after children, whereas women who have a career are considered 'normal'. A century ago, a woman with a job would have been impossible as well as shocking and disreputable. On the other hand, yes we can accept that women's roles have changed but it would not be fair to say that the roles of men and women are completely equal everywhere in the community. ...read more.

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