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Impact of Paid Work

Today ¾ of married or cohabiting women in the UK are economically active.

Gershuny: the trend towards equality

Some sociologists argue that women working full-time may be leading to more
equally shared division of labour in the home.

Gershuny (1994) found wives in full-time employment…

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Critics argue buying these goods is not an option for poorer women. And even if
the amount of housework needed to be done is reduced, doesn't mean the
remaining housework is being shared equally.
The Dual Burden

Feminists argue although women are working that doesn't mean men make the

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McIntosh (1991):

Kempson (1994) found women from low income families deny their own needs,
seldom going out, skip meals in order to make ends meet.
In many households women have no right to a share of household resources, as
a result she is likely to see anything she spends on…

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Young and Willmott take a "March of Progress" view they see family life as
gradually improving for all members. They argue the family is more symmetrical
now. Women now go out to work, men help with the housework and childcare.
Young and Willmott found that the symmetrical family was more…


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