However; external factors could be such as factors outside the education system, such as home and family background and wider society. Many sociologists believe that it is in fact the external factors that result in girls doing so well in education. The external factors could be the impact of feminism, changes in the family, changes in women’s employment and girls’ changing perceptions and ambitions. The impact of feminism can have encouraged girls to strive for success and thrive to the top in life, by starting with a successful career; which in today’s society is predominantly only achieved by doing well in education. Feminist movements have challenged the traditional stereotype of a woman’s role of being a stay at home mother and caring for her family.
1 Women’s lives after the two world wars changed, but there is some debate as to how much it changed. Their lives changed politically, with women gaining the vote, they changed in terms of employment, as they were now permitted to join certain professions and they also changed socially as a better way of living was set out for them. It is argued that women were given greater opportunities after the wars due to their exceptional participation on the home front. However, many historians believe that this change in women’s lives was simply due to the changing times and the progression in society. The historical debate surrounding this topic is wether women’s lives really did change greatly after the two world wars, or wether their lives simply went back to the way they were before the war started.
The Nazi’s were fixed on the idea that a woman’s role was at home, being a mother and a wife. They wanted women to have plenty of children so the birth rates would go up and Germany could form a large army and become a more powerful nation. Working class women were removed from factories and encouraged to stay at home, and middle class women were removed from their professions. They were urged to wear traditional clothing, and behave in a much less liberal way than was allowed during Weimar times. Many middle class women were unhappy about this, and after the freedoms and empowerment of women during Weimar they did not like the new constrictions – it seemed almost like a step back for them.
Explain the impact that women made on America and their changing role after the Civil War. If their role did not change would this have changed the future of the nation? Ali Sterner APUSH – Period 4 Shaw January 28, 2011 In American History, women have not exactly had it easy. In colonial times, women were to do strictly house work and take care of the children. This changed after the Civil War, giving women their right to speak up and become more like men.
While equality as a general rule has become more prevalent in society there are still stereotypes that women are encouraged to follow. These stereotypes can stunt the social developmental growth of women. Still to this day women are considered the main caregivers in households and are frowned upon when this does not always prove to be the case. There are also still many stereotypes concerning how a woman should dress, look, and the jobs that they should hold in society. This thinking has caused much heartache for young women across the world and could be rectified by further studying the differences between men’s and women’s social development.
Some may argue that although there is a statistical gap between girls and boys in the education system, it is not the most important factor contributing to a childs attainment. Many sociologists suggest that the gender differences in achievement, especially the rapid improvement of girls grades is best explained through external factors. Many see the rise of feminism has had a large impact on the education system and the gender gap in attainment. Feminism is a social movement that strieves for equal rights for women in all areas of life. They have fought against the traditional stereotype of women as housewife.
Karen Anderson’s Wartime Women: “Sex Roles, Family Relations and the Status of Women during World War II” reexamines the various roles women occupied in wartime America. Anderson argues that though some historians they attribute women’s postwar employment changes simply to economics. Anderson implies that the 1940’s period played a more prominent role in developments, helping to accelerate the economic changes that would come after WWII. Moreover, though such studies exist in abundance today, in 1981 few historians explored the effects of living in a society with severe sex ratios. Anderson points out that despite continuing occupational sex segregation, a lack of appropriate child care, and the lingering negative attitudes regarding female employment, women persisted in gaining employment and opening doors for themselves and later generations.
Girls now have a wider range of job opportunities due to The Sex Discrimination Act in 1975 which made discrimination of sex illegal meaning people are not able to advertise for and chose employees based purely on their gender. This could be the reason for the changes in girls priorities, shown by Sue Sharp in 1976 and then 1994, from being “Love, marriage, husbands, children, jobs and careers in that order” to “Job, career and being able to support themselves” in 1994. Feminism has also changed the stereotype of women being stay at home housewives which has influenced the change of ambitions of girls for the future and inspired women to work towards a career rather than resigning to their typical role at home. This is also due to the fact that women now have equal opportunities to boys since the underachievement of girls, (mainly due to biased teaching), was noticed and schooling systems were changed to meet the needs of girls more
This essay will discuss how women's roles have changed within the family. It will analyse these changes and draw conclusion as to whether this has adversely affected the family in Great Britain today. The discussion will compare how women were traditionally placed within the family institution over one hundred years ago and how liberation and legislation have played their part in the changing role of women within modern day families. Women were once, social and economic dependants of men. A professional career was almost impossible, and despite Britain’s ruler being female for most of the nineteenth century until 1901 when Queen Elizabeth died, women were second class citizens.
In a way this moral and legal discrimination is equally a big issue in the 21st century. Often it is harder for woman to find a job than a man and there is still a big issue with woman experiencing the ‘glass ceiling’. This shows that even the changes done in the Victorian era to help woman are still not enough and that adjustments need to be made. Although I do believe that the new laws had great impact in helping woman be considered more human and were very beneficial. The changes included that in 1857 if men were violent, wives could divorce; in 1870 woman could keep their own money; in 1891 wives were no longer forced to stay with their husband as they