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What changes have occurred in the roles of men and women in the last 30 years? Give details of why these changes have occurred.

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What changes have occurred in the roles of men and women in the last 30 years? Give details of why these changes have occurred. The roles of men and women have changed in the last 30 years. In this report I intend to explain what the roles of men and women were like 30 years ago and what the roles of men and women are like now. I will also give details of why these changes have occurred. 30 years ago the roles of women were very different to that of today. At the start of our nation's history, women were socialized to attend exclusively to home and family tasks. For a woman, marriage was considered to be a girl's destiny. ...read more.

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Sons learned to be men from their fathers, daughters learned to want this type of man for boyfriends and husbands (Bandura, 1969; Skolnick, 1992). 30 years on there has been a lot of progress for women, for example equal wages, which is because of the legal pay act, which has in turn led to there being much more women in the workforce. More and more women want to stay on at education, as the subjects are the same for males and females, and there is much more emphasis on expanding careers. The popularity of marriage has plummeted as women now have higher expectations. Another important reason for women to be able to go to work is the help of nurseries and the increasing improvements of child care, meaning women can still have children and now careers as well. ...read more.

Conclusion

Much research has indicated that there is a clear gender division of labor in household tasks. In order to compete in the new global market place, Britain at present needs a more flexible workforce, with most people working; again nurseries help to ensure the mother will be working. Women are needed to actively work. But women are still expected to rear and socialize the next generation of workers at the same time (triple shift theory). Different perspectives will suggest that change has occurred in differing amounts. They will also see change as occurring for different reasons, for example feminists will say that it was the rise of their movement in the 1970's that caused changes, whereas Marxists would suggest change has occurred to meet the needs of the economy and bourgeoisie. The roles of the men and women are becoming just as important as one another, thus their roles are becoming more intergrated conjugal roles. ...read more.

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