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The Changing Role and Status of Women since 1945.

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The Changing Role and Status of Women since 1945 Coursework 1. Source A is an account of events towards the end of the Second World War, written by woman welder. It is reliable because it is from the time of the end of WW2 and it was written by a woman that experienced working in a factory and then being fired. We learn that in the factory the woman was working for the problem was not a lack of work, but a shortage of workers, '...he said one word "redundant". That was a new word in our vocabulary'. This shows us that women were not used to getting fired, which may be because the factories needed every work force available. We can also learn that men still thought women a bit as interferer and they expected them to give the returning soldiers their jobs back, 'There was no reason given. There was no explanation', this shows us that the personal officer had no choice in making them redundant and he didn't feel the need to give an explanation. This is probably because after the Second World War there was a strong expectation that women workers should make way for the retuning soldiers and to return to their pre war occupations. Finally, this source teaches us that women were not fired at the end of WW2 because of lack of orders in the factories, 'There was plenty of work in the yard'. ...read more.

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Since it's a learning book it supports source D because source E shows where the woman's feelings in source D come from. The three words that conclude this page of the book are 'Good good girl' which have an incredible impact on young girls as they know that if they do not help their mothers in the kitchen they will be bad girls, and no one at this age wants to be a bad girl. In conclusion this source's content is very useful, in helping to understand why women were unable to become more independent, because it shows that even the most basic things like learning to read included stereotypical comments like women's role is to serve men. 4. The Equal Pay Act was first introduced in 1970 and then amended in 1984. This Act gives women the right to be paid as much as a man who does the same job or a very similar one. Its aims are to cover indirect sex discrimination as well as direct discrimination. However, although this act has been in force for over than 30 years women are still paid 19% less than their male counterparts. The Sex Discrimination Act was introduced in 1975. It prohibits direct or indirect sex discrimination against individuals in employment and can apply for both man and women of any age. Direct sex discrimination includes treating a woman badly because she is pregnant or sexual harassment. ...read more.

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Source G is another evidence that women were still underpaid comparing to men 'Most women are still in low paid jobs with little prospect of better paid jobs or promotion', it also shows that even if women were to try to get a better paid job they would be very lucky to find one because men are doing them. Statistically women achieve better in GCSE's and A Levels, for example in 2003 in their last year of compulsory education, 57 per cent of girls and 46 per cent of boys gain five or more A*-C grades at GCSE and forty-one per cent of girls and 32 per cent of boys gain two or more A level passes. However Only 9 per cent of male employees work part-time, compared with 43 per cent of female employees. Another shocking statistic is that Women's gross individual income, including income from employment, pensions, benefits, investments etc., is on average 51 per cent less than men's. The comparison of these statistics (education vs. employment) shows that even though women have a greater potential of succeeding in their careers, they are still paid less and only half time employed. After getting all this evidence form my personal knowledge and the sources I am convinced that women are still second class citizens even though all the great progress they have made in the past 5 decades. Candidate Name: Eyal Beer Candidate Number: 8012 Centre Name: King Solomon High School Centre Number: 13330 ...read more.

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