Women and The Context of Work

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  • Women and the context of work.
    • 1951 = 1/4 of women worked
      • 1961 =  1/3 worked
        • 1972 = 1/2 working
          • 1990s = 2/3 of women working
    • % of girls who achieved the equivalent of GCSEs or higher as increased faster than that for boys; 1960s = gender equality.
      • Opened opportunities for employment - in a service based economy.
    • Legislation boosted females in workplace.
      • 1970 = equal pay act
      • 1975 = Sexual Discrimination Act
    • Many more women now have jobs in radio and television
      • Slow and gradual process
        • Accelerated after 1980s.
    • Female icons such as Amy Winehouse and Katie Melua - write and perform own songs.
      • Soap operas have also provided female role models.
    • Suggests mass media RESPONDED to social changes caused by other factors.

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