Feminist- social policy

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  • Feminist - social policy
    • Social policy to reinforce patriarchal ideas about roles
    • e.g. tax and benefits policies may assume husbands are the main wage-earners
      • = women find it difficult to claim benefits in their own right = reinforces women's dependence on their husbands
    • LEONARD - although maternity leave policies benefit women they also reinforce patriarchy in the family
      • by encouraging assumption that childcare is responsibility of mothers
      • Not all policies directed at maintaining patriarchy e.g. equal pay, discrimination laws etc.
      • Whether or not social policy promotes patriarchy depends on the country
        • DREW - found in more equal societies family policy based on equality between men + women
  • Social policy to reinforce patriarchal ideas about roles


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