The Role Of Working Women, Then And Now

The Role Of Working Women, Then And Now

Women are making strides. There's more to be made.


People work. It's how they make a living and means for life. Whether sitting at a desk, traveling all over the world, or standing behind a register, in life, it is inevitable. What is something else, that comes with time? A family. Often the role in American society, back between the early 1900s to about the middle and late 1900s, men usually were the ones that worked, women stayed home with the children and took care of the household. But why?

Can women work and men stay home with the kids and pets? Is it socially incorrect for men and women to switch roles? Women began to gain more jobs in the workplace and began to prove to the world what they can be capable of outside the house. The relationship between everyday work and a family unit, overtime has changed in adaptation of the ever-changing society in the Accord and Post-Accord era.

In the Post-Accord Era, the hot topics of birth control rights and gay marriage were "radical" changes to how a family would function. Or is it? After about 1969, gay marriage was beginning to become a more commonly spoken topic into the legalization of gay marriage in 2015. Even as a family, parents want what's better for their children, to help them improve along with the Post-Accord Era.

In the text,"The Corrosion of Character," by Richard Sennett, talks about two people named Enrico and his son Rico. The father, understood that his life and opinions prior to the Post-Accord era, "he hardly wanted his son Rico to repeat his own life". Later in the text, the author stated that the family dynamic is extremely important to a person's growth and that ideals can be learned from other family members.

The labor force of women has also been a crucial factor affecting the family unit. A prime example is the "Rosie the Riveter" archetype. She was a patriotic and happy-go-lucky person, who filled factory job openings when men went off to war in the time of World War II. When a majority of people talk of American women during World War II, the iconic "Rosie the Riveter" is what usually become the topic of conversation. Rosie was the modern factory girl.

She was able to close the gap of women having jobs and the integration with men in the workplace. During World War II, since many men were overseas, women could take up the war effort jobs that had been abandoned and in desperate need to be filled.

Postwar emphasis on women becoming integrated into the workforce, and changing the dynamic of the stereotypical gender roles. Although upon some soldiers returning home, women had been "kicked out" of those jobs, many found other jobs instead of leaving the workforce altogether. By 1945, 37% of women occupied the civilian labor force. In 1965, 33% of women occupied the workforce and by 1990, close to 43% of the employed labor force was women.

The imagery of "riveters" and poster of Rosie were used as propaganda during the war for women of all color and backgrounds. These women joined the labor force not only to improve their quality of life, but to also serve the country and to serve alongside the male counterparts. Those women who were looked at as "Riveters" had many qualifications in the workforce of the wartime industry. They were usually determined by race and geographical location.

Although women still experienced some sexism, many women who had jobs in the wartime era kept fighting for jobs in hopes people would realize how much it improved their lives and feelings of accomplishment as well as the Civil Rights Movement and the Women's Rights Movement.

In comparison to the Accord and Post-Accord era, stay at home moms becoming women in the workplace, the normalization of men staying at home became a staple of society and the modernization of the family unit, as well as the roles individuals play, continues to develop.

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8 Reasons Why My Dad Is the Most Important Man In My Life

Forever my number one guy.

Growing up, there's been one consistent man I can always count on, my father. In any aspect of my life, my dad has always been there, showing me unconditional love and respect every day. No matter what, I know that my dad will always be the most important man in my life for many reasons.

1. He has always been there.

Literally. From the day I was born until today, I have never not been able to count on my dad to be there for me, uplift me and be the best dad he can be.

2. He learned to adapt and suffer through girly trends to make me happy.

I'm sure when my dad was younger and pictured his future, he didn't think about the Barbie pretend pageants, dressing up as a princess, perfecting my pigtails and enduring other countless girly events. My dad never turned me down when I wanted to play a game, no matter what and was always willing to help me pick out cute outfits and do my hair before preschool.

3. He sends the cutest texts.

Random text messages since I have gotten my own cell phone have always come my way from my dad. Those randoms "I love you so much" and "I am so proud of you" never fail to make me smile, and I can always count on my dad for an adorable text message when I'm feeling down.

4. He taught me how to be brave.

When I needed to learn how to swim, he threw me in the pool. When I needed to learn how to ride a bike, he went alongside me and made sure I didn't fall too badly. When I needed to learn how to drive, he was there next to me, making sure I didn't crash.

5. He encourages me to best the best I can be.

My dad sees the best in me, no matter how much I fail. He's always there to support me and turn my failures into successes. He can sit on the phone with me for hours, talking future career stuff and listening to me lay out my future plans and goals. He wants the absolute best for me, and no is never an option, he is always willing to do whatever it takes to get me where I need to be.

6. He gets sentimental way too often, but it's cute.

Whether you're sitting down at the kitchen table, reminiscing about your childhood, or that one song comes on that your dad insists you will dance to together on your wedding day, your dad's emotions often come out in the cutest possible way, forever reminding you how loved you are.

7. He supports you, emotionally and financially.

Need to vent about a guy in your life that isn't treating you well? My dad is there. Need some extra cash to help fund spring break? He's there for that, too.

8. He shows me how I should be treated.

Yes, my dad treats me like a princess, and I don't expect every guy I meet to wait on me hand and foot, but I do expect respect, and that's exactly what my dad showed I deserve. From the way he loves, admires, and respects me, he shows me that there are guys out there who will one day come along and treat me like that. My dad always advises me to not put up with less than I deserve and assures me that the right guy will come along one day.

For these reasons and more, my dad will forever be my No. 1 man. I love you!

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7 Of The Best Things About Working With Kids

From snotty noses to sloppy kisses, I have the best job in the world.


I've worked with kids or around kids for as long as I can remember. It's hard, but its the best job in the entire world. I can't thank God enough that this is where he placed me for this season of my life, and I'll forever be grateful that I get to wake up and be surrounded by tiny humans most days out of the week.

There are so many great and wonderful things about this job, but here are 10 of my personal favorites.

1. Every day is a different day.

When you're with kids, not one day is going to be like the other. Kid's are unpredictable, and it's hard to predict if you're going to have a good or rough day.

2. Playtime is never over.

I always knew that kids had the biggest imagination, but I never realized just how big their imagination really was until I got to witness it firsthand. They could play for hours and always find something new to do or create.

3. You get to channel your inner Food Network Chef when it comes to mealtime.

Sometimes, when You're kid needs to eat but won't touch their food, you throw your chef's hat on and start thinking. Whether it's making 'pink' eggs or cutting peanut butter and jelly into a star, you gotta do what you gotta do.

4. Everyone gets excited to see you when you go to work.

Rather than going to an office job where all you may get is a nod and a 'good morning,' when you work with kids, you get greeted at the door with hugs and kisses and everyone is excited to see you.

5. You get all the cuddles.

When they hurt their toe or some take their toy, You get approximately 30 seconds of hugs and cuddles before they move past it and go on about their business.

6. You're constantly wiping noses and sticky hands, but still, somehow end up covered in snot and a mysterious stain.

I'm basically just a giant napkin at this point.

7. The sloppy kisses are the best kind of kisses.

Nothing compares to having a sweet angel baby look at you and ask to give you a kiss. It makes my heart flutter.

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