Posted by: drshollen | September 9, 2012

Cultural consideration

So far in class we’ve spent time talking about the women who broke the rules 50+ years ago to help women today have the opportunities that they do. We’ve considered the extent to which people today take the courage and achievements of these rule-breaking women of the past for granted. For all intents and purposes, it’s not so surprising anymore to see women involved in traditionally male-dominated occupations, running for highly visible and influential political offices (though not as often winning those positions), and having and raising children while simultaneously running major corporations. This is the world that is the most visible to those of us in LDSP395, so of course it’s easy to forget that women’s experiences in other countries and other cultures does not mirror our own.

I came upon this article the other day, the first sentence of which reads: “Women are erratic and emotional, and they make good wives and mothers — but never leaders or rulers.” The article goes on to describe the role of women (which is, at least as the article relates, agreed upon by both women and men) in the culture of the Muslim Brotherhood. I thought you may find the article interesting as we consider the cultural component to social and gender roles in the next few class sessions. Further, consider that in some cultures and societies, women are just starting to courageously bend and break the rules, some with stiff penalties and substantial risk. Won’t it be fascinating to look back on their stories in 50 years and see how they shaped the future for women in leadership?

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