Society has seen the male dynamic of superiority, designation as the “bread winner”, or head of household for centuries. Women were specifically assigned to the roles of wife, mother, and nurturer through the process of the sexual or gendered division of labor. However, that has not always been the case. Over centuries of change and shifts in economic development, the roles of women have changed to adapt to their specific roles in society. The status of the individuals in society was defined by sex, age, physical trai...
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...dult males. There is also a direction that children would benefit if there were more of an equal or egalitarian participation between both parents, allowing the child to develop and benefit from interaction by both parents. This could have transcended into the government environment by emphasizing the roles of women whose abilities were more directed towards professional and public life. She arduously agreed that women were more suited to raise children, however that they should not be confined as their drive was at risk of being stifled as the result of not being able to publically express their creativity and intelligence. In applying these ideas today, and to the desire to “have it all”, Gilman would most likely see a necessity of change on the part of the male hegemony that is still present in modern society regarding the roles of the women in the labor force.
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