Although our society is progressing with time, there are still some complications when it comes to women as the breadwinners of the family. While nowadays it is more common for a woman to earn a higher salary or raise children as a single mother, it is not completely socially acceptable to do so. At first women feel justified in their role as the financial supporter of the family (as they have a right to feel), but sometimes this slips into the shadow of a greater burden, sometimes referred to as the “second shift” (named by the sociologist Archie Hochschild). While it is a burden for the women who continue working around the house after they come home from their day jobs, society once again shames them into continuing the old housewife template. However, the women who have the familial support of their husbands also feel guilt for society tells them that they should be working the “second shift”. For instance, M. P. Dunleavey, a journalist for the New York Times, describes her own experience as the “breadwinner” of her family in an art...
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