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In what ways had women in Britain achieved equality with men by the end of the twentieth century?

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In what ways had women in Britain achieved equality with men by the end of the twentieth century? In what ways had women in Britain achieved equality with men by the end of the twentieth century? I believe that although women in general had made huge advances towards equality with men by the end of the twentieth century there were still many areas in which there was still very little equality. I also believe that in different groups in British society women have advanced in equality in different ways, and at different rates. In the workplace women have made advances towards equality, as the number of working women both married and un-married has been rising steadily since the 1980's. In some jobs such as teaching there are now a majority of working women, roughly 57% of teachers are women. However, there are other areas in which women are still a long way behind men, and in many of the high class jobs this is the situation. ...read more.

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It could be said that women have gained some equality in raising children. The government in 1997 were supporting working mothers. However, in different areas in society there are many different views on the issue. As poorer or single mothers need to go work and then feel they are neglecting there children. It is harder even at the end of the twentieth century for women to earn good money as they were still only paid about 80% of what men were paid. Surveys are now suggesting that 75% of women of mothers may believe mothers should be at home with children under the age of five. However, more than 25% of mothers so work which perhaps shows women's feelings to working whilst having children, even if they do themselves. About 1/3 of marriages were breaking up at the start of the twenty first century. I believe that although this would not seen to be a positive statistic in talking about woman's equality with men I believe that it shows a move towards it. ...read more.

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This is due to a number of reasons, being that some jobs do still need manual labour and women in this instance are at a disadvantage. They are also still discriminated against within the workplace, even as low as sarcastic jokes made by there male co-workers. However it should not be over looked that women do also use there femininity in the workplace to there advantage. They have also made headway legally with the 1970 Equal Pay Act meaning men and women legally had to be paid the same for doing the same job. Although some employers found ways round it by employing women under different job titles and then paying them differently. I believe women have made large moves towards gaining equality with men by the end of the twentieth century. However there were still areas in which women had made little progress due to many reasons, and that there are still ways in which discriminatory rules in favour of women can be bent. So advances still need to be made in the future, and different societies will behave differently towards women and women's rights ...read more.

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