The Role Of Women In Konontai's Working Woman And Mother

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Discussions surrounding class and economic inequality are things that feminism does and should continue to contribute to. A positive impact in the lives of women of all classes can be achieved through the implementation of some of the fundamental principles of feminism, which includes the provision of equal opportunity, regardless of sex. When correctly applied, feminism has the potential to make its biggest impact on the lives of poor women. Economically disadvantaged women typically find themselves trapped in a situation that requires them to manage the heavy demands of their families and their careers. This situation typically affects them more than their upper class counterparts. Therefore, when it comes to the issue of economic inequality,…show more content…
She specifically tries the highlight the nearly impossible challenge of balancing the duties of work and home that hinders the prospects of working-class women. Kollontai believes in the seemingly incompatible duties that a working woman must perform at times, as she writes, “the factory siren calls the woman to work but her child is fretting and crying. How can she leave it? Who will look after it? …She goes off to work, but never stops worrying about the child” (131). With statement, Kollontai introduces one of the greatest dilemmas that face a working class mother, whether to work to support her child or to stay at home to provide the care and attention that her child…show more content…
This is especially true because, at least the current application of feminist thought, appears to create another class of alienated women as soon as a previous one rises up. It seems to be a very vicious cycle, indeed. However, one of the most basic and valued principles of liberalism is the idea of self-determination. Currently, there are many undervalued women around the world who fall into the limiting space of societal norms based in gender. As Mohanty writes, “the idea of work or labor as necessary for the psychic, material, and spiritual survival and development of women workers is absent. Instead, it is the identity of women as housewives, wives, and mothers… that is assumed to provide the basis for women’s survival and growth” (22). So, maybe what really needs to occur is a shift in gender norms in general, and the creation of new ones, or in an extreme case, the complete destruction of the idea of gender norms. Then everyone, no matter their gender would have the expectation placed upon them that they actively participate in the traditional motherly and paternal duties of home care and the provision of monetary funds for the family. That might help to break the cycle of poor women falling into stereotypical gender
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