How has women going into paid work affected equality in relationships?

Evidence that women going into paid work has resulted in greater equality in relationships

  • It seems obvious that women going into paid work has resulted in greater equality. As most women are now in paid-work this means they have more financial independence than ever before.
  • Statistics (see the next topic, link below) clearly show that the gendered division of labour has become more equal since the 1950s

To what extent is the domestic division of labour characterised be equality?

Evidence that women going into paid work has not resulted in greater equality

However, Radical Feminists argue that paid work has led to the dual burden and triple shift

One argument used to support this view is that paid work has not been ‘liberating’. Instead women have acquired the ‘dual burden’ of paid work and unpaid housework and the family remains patriarchal – men benefit from women’s paid earnings and their domestic labour. Some Radical Feminists go further arguing that women suffer from the ‘triple shift’ where they have to do paid work, domestic work and ‘emotion work’ – being expected to take on the emotional burden of caring for children.

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3 thoughts on “How has women going into paid work affected equality in relationships?”

  1. Hi – the negotiated family is a family based on discussion between partners on an equal footing – i.e. who does what is up for discussion.

    The pure relationship is one in which both partners only stay together because they feel they are getting something positive out of the relationship, rather than feeling like they must stay together because of religious beliefs or social conventions.

    What they have in common is that both happen when individuals have more freedom to set the terms of relationships themselves.

    They are both quite ordinary features of most relationships today i think.

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