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Gender roles

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The women are the chief decision makers at home but the males approve most of the decisions. This was the traditional gender role of the men and women in the American society and this was responsible for the rise of the sexual assaults and the domestic violence against the women. There were chances of women getting into the workplace but the chances were limited. There was bias against women in the workplace. However, with the development of the rules and the regulations, the women were allowed into the workplace and were given the same importance of that of the men.

(York, 13th November 2007) There has been a rise in the number of women working in the organizations worldwide. However, there has been an effect of this in the family life. The women are perceived to take care of the families despite their status of work. The women in the modern society end up having to take care of multiple roles. The family consists of the children and the husbands and in some cases includes the parents. Therefore, it is a difficult proposition for the women to take care of the families after fulfilling the responsibility at the workplace.

The condition is worse in the low-income group families where in some cases the women are the sole earners of the family. It is difficult for the women therefore, to take care of the family responsibilities. One of the main concerns in the family is the healthcare. 48% of the workingwomen have children at their homes and the responsibility lies with them for the health related problems of the family. 80% of the working mothers have to take care of the health related problems in the home.

The situation is more acute in the case of the single mothers. In then case of the health related problems of the children most of the working mothers have to forego work and stay at home. 50% of the working mothers have to stay at home and 39% have to call someone to attend the child. It has been seen that a much lesser number of men (30%) miss work relating to the health problems of the child.

The women who miss the work for the health related problems of the children do not get paid. The low-income level groups of mothers are the most effected in this regard. This leads to the concerns over the work related activities. It has been seen that most of the working mothers have concerns that their colleagues will not understand their problems and fear of being mistreated in the workplace. In addition to the children in the family, the women are also responsible in monitoring the health conditions of the other family members.

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