Traditional societies perceive women as homemakers, whose main task is procreation and pleasing the husband. However, this attitude is altering. In the end of the 19th century, the suffragette movement was born in England, which advocated for women’s equal rights with men. Women at that time were quite modest in their demands: they understood equal rights primarily as the right to vote, and the lack of political and economic discrimination. Their struggle, which seemed once funny and silly, gradually borne some fruit: in most countries, a woman, at least formally, is equated in the rights with men.
In December 1979, the UN General Assembly adopted the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women. In fact, this paper confirmed that a woman is subject to all human rights. Convention offers member countries to take all necessary measures to prevent discrimination against women in all areas of life.
These recommendations are appropriately followed in the developed countries. In Europe and America, women are successfully starting businesses and work in politics. Their rights are defended by law. Financial independence has led to a change in the women’s status in marriage. The patriarchal model of the family, when a husband is a breadwinner and a wife is a homemaker, is gradually receding into the past. Women’s contribution to the financial well-being of the family often overtops the husband’s contribution. Consequently, a wife begins to demand the redistribution of domestic chores more similarly between the two spouses.
However, not all men are willing to give up the idea that household chores should be divided evenly. Often it turns out that the duties of a woman have only increased: she took on the role of the male breadwinner, but also she was not deprived of the role of a homemaker. In that case, if the spouses can’t find a compromise, the family may be fall apart.
Often there is a choice for a woman: career or family. And is not always a successful modern woman chooses a family: many women prefer to exercise their talents in business, arts, politics, etc.
Opponents of feminism believe that one of the main arguments against the equality of women is instability in a modern family and a high divorce rate. Indeed, politically and economically independent woman often does not agree to tolerate inequality in marriage. Society has two ways to solve this problem: teach men that the responsibilities in the family really should be divided similarly, or take away the rights of women.
Traditional societies perceive women as homemakers, whose main task is procreation and pleasing the husband. However, this attitude is altering. In the end of the 19th century, the suffragette movement was born in England, which advocated for women’s equal rights with men.