But the fact is, that more and more women prefer to be workers rather than homemakers for different reasons: from gaining financial independence and self-esteem by means of the career development to necessity to work due to the money shortage. The first reason, why women choose to be workers, is that work gives them a chance to gain financial independence. It is fabulous when a family is financially supported by a husband and a female does not concern about going to work and spending all the day glued to the office table. Instead, she can take care of the atmosphere at home and bring up children. In this case, dinner is always be ready, children are always neat and a husband comes home and can indulge himself diving into the homelike atmosphere.
Society believed that women should stay at home and tend to household duties while men must go out and work. However as time went on, more women began to take on the task of having a paying job. It was essential that women joined the work force in order to close the gender gap that existed in jobs. Currently, “we have nearly achieved equality in the proportion of women and men in the ...
Women are allowed and often encouraged to work but they are not rewarded or compensated at the same level, for their efforts, that men in the work force are. The pay gap would be narrowed if companies were more conducive to family schedules. Men and women would receive equal pay for the same job. Companies would benefit by retaining quality employees. Men and women need to start out ma... ... middle of paper ... ... for “women’s work” (women staying at home while men work in the office).
Attributes like unemployment is a major reason for this increase in stay at home fathers but some fathers willingly stay at home to take care of the children. This gives women the opportunity to work and possibly pursue the jobs that they want. Staying home allows more time that is dedicated to spending time with their children , but it could also mean that income could be significantly less than what it would be if both parents were working. Even outside of parenting there are social stigmas about what type of work men and women are more likely to have and jobs that people think that women are more suited for. What is deemed as a norm in society can have an effect on parenting roles too.
On the other hand professional women gain more freedom and flexibility associated with their high-paying jobs. For working parents, the “time bind” shows no sign of slowing down. Middle class people are more than willing to pay someone to clean their house or baby sit, if that means longer hours spent at work (outside the home). Unfortunately, the choice of one’s profession does affect the way they balance their work and family time. For professionals, it is frowned upon when new parents request parental leave (especially men).
Mothers who are able to efficiently balance work and family life can promote good working ethics onto their children. Working mothers can help encourage their daughters to strive for whatever they want to accomplish in life and break stereotypical norms. With both parents working, children are forced to play a more active role in the family. This teaches children independence and responsibility at a very early age and ultimately benefits them when preparing for the real world. Working mothers and children also appreciate spending quality time with together and do not take each other for granted.
MacDonald showed that a good mother can mean a variety of things and those that chose to stay home because they can afford to be not the only good mothers. A woman should never be limited when it comes to different aspects of the family, such as helping provide financially for their family. In addition, we cannot as a society’s shame others who choose to employ someone to help them. However, many have to realize that many caregivers dedicate their lives to making sure they protect a family for fewer benefits. I would recommend MacDonald,” Shadow Mothers: Nannies, Au Pairs, And the Micropolitics of Mothering” because it explores more than the lives of working mothers, but also the lives of nannies and how they are more impacted than the child
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Although currently we do not recognizing the increasingly important role of women in the economy. It is important to recognize the work that women exert especially single women and single mothers. Single women have an important contribution to the economy. Single mothers, in addition is playing a significant contribution in the professional , they use their time with effort and dedication to work in home , a work that results in the education of children, caring for household members , organization and address chores, provide food, cleaning and repair of housing, care of clothing and footwear , purchases and payments . The time spent in such work, is not being paid economically, often despised by society and because it takes much time and energy is difficult for a single mother and head of household to be be vulnerable to falling into poverty.