Posted by: jessicasinger4 | January 17, 2013

Women in Leadership

In the 21st century, it’s great to see the change in women’s roles over time. Throughout history, women have always struggled as being minorities in the world. The men were always supposed to be the breadwinners of the family, while the woman’s job was to stay home and be a caretaker. I’ve grown up in a household where both of my parents are in the health fields, my dad being a healthcare consultant, and my mom being a nurse, and it makes me proud that my mom can earn a living more than just inside the home.Today you see women as CEO’s of high end companies, as well as women high up in politics. It’s comforting to know that when I am out of college and into the real world, that I can earn a living and have a family, and not feel pressured to only stay at home.

 

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  1. It is interesting to see the American Culture come back to this type of family. During the Industrial Revolution, many women were forced to work because that was the only way to bring in enough income to provide for the family. Although the man of the household was the primary caretaker, women were leaving the household to work. This was mainly the middle and lower class families. This gender role change was not a choice but more of a need. It was done because it was necessary, not because society suddenly began believing in equality.
    After this Revolution, America sank back into the traditional familial roles. Women were called back to be the caretakers of the household, while men became the breadwinner. This was the generation of our Grandparents.
    We have had the privilege of being born into families that believe in gender equality. My household was also 50/50 when it comes to the money brought in by my parents. Both my parents hold the same Degree’s and both hold high positions in their field. It is always humbling that this was not the case for our mothers or grandmothers, but is the case for us.

  2. I agree that women should be able to go out and make a living but at the same time its very largely a necessity. Most families can’t survive on only one income and I know women who would love to stay at home but can’t afford to. We need to be able to open up opportunities for the women who really want the jobs but at the same time we have to recognize that many women still want to stay at home. In order for them to do that men have to bring in the money and I believe that’s why some of the inequality exists.


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