CRTF #2 Domestic Labour and Gender Roles within Society:

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  • Domestic Labour and Gender Roles within Society:
    • History
      • 1900
        • Less than 20% of women worked
      • 1984
        • 44 million women worked
      • 2009
        • 72 million women wokred
      • 1960's to 1970's
        • Increased women in the wrokforce
      • 2012
        • 72% of women worked
      • 1930's to 1950's
        • Great depression caused a changed
    • Young and Wilmot's stage 2 "The Symmetrical Family" (!973)
      • There was a clear-cut division of labour within the home and this extended to leisure
      • Conjugal role relationship showed that marital roles husband and wives were largely segregated.
      • The wife was associated mainly with her female  kin and neighbours, the husband with his male workmate, kin and neighbour
      • In stage 3 symmetrical family
        • Young and Wilmot found that 72% of husbands did housework other than washing up during the course of a weel
        • Conjugal roles became more joint
        • So the relationship between a husband and wife - as lease in middle class families was becoming more joint or symmetrical
      • Young and Willmott argue the change from segregated to joint conjugal or egalitarian roles result mainly from the withdrawal of the wife from her relationships with female kin, and the husband into the family circle


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