Changing Gender Roles Essay

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Magazine article By: Anonymous Date: March 19, 1970 Source: Newsweek, March 19, 1970, p. 65. Magazine article By: Anonymous Date: March 19, 1970 Source: Newsweek, March 19, 1970, p. 65. Full Name | Chintan Acharya | Student ID | 0270336 | Full Name | Chintan Acharya | Student ID | 0270336 | Changing Gender Roles Changing Gender Roles A gender role is the place you hold in a family, relationship or society as a whole because you are male or female. Typically, your gender role is action-oriented and focused on whether you work outside the home or play a nurturing role within the family. Historically, a man's gender role was the breadwinner, earning money to support the family through outside work. A woman's gender role was to care for the family and household, providing support for the man. Introduction The changing gender roles of the 1970s resulted in part from the legal and social developments that overturned traditional gender concepts during the 1960s. Page 369 | Top of ArticleThrough the early 1960s, newspaper job ads routinely divided jobs into "male" and "female" employment; the women's jobs typically paid less than the men's jobs, even if the work itself was essentially the same. As the Civil Rights movement put discrimination on the nation's legal agenda, however, many women began to call for equal rights in employment regardless of gender. Converging Gender Roles The most striking finding is that women under 29 years old are just as likely as men to want jobs with more responsibility, for the first time in the survey's history. About two-thirds of each group wants more responsibility. In 1992, the survey found 80 percent of men under 29 wanted jobs with more responsibility, versus 72 percent of young women. The desire for more responsibility decreased for both genders in the 1997 survey, (to 61 percent for

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