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women and their economic roles over time

Changing Economic Roles Of Women and There Effects On Social Roles In this paper I am going to examine the changing job trends for women from colonial times to present day. These opening and closing of job types and opportunities for women directly effect their economic as well as there social status. I can even go as far to say that the economic roles of women also directly effect their political status in this society(see endnote #1). Having a job for a woman means economic security and the ability to support herself as the individual, and not to rely on traditional values such as family for her security. These factors have greatly changed over the years as you can see from the statistical evidence included in this paper, and have effected all women who chose to enter and not to enter the workforce. In the time period around1776, that of colonial America, women who earned their own living usually became seamstresses or kept boardinghouses. Some women worked in professions and jobs available almost exclusively to men. There was an absence of women doctors, lawyers, preachers, teachers, writers, and singers. By the early 19th century acceptable, occupations for working women were limited to factory labor or domestic (house) work. Women were excluded from most of the professions of the time, except for writing and teaching, which were mediocre employment opportunities. The medical profession is an example of changed attitudes in the 19th and 20th centuries about what was regarded as suitable work for women. Prior to the 1800s there were almost no medical schools, and virtually any enterprising person could practice medicine. Indeed, obstetrics was the domain of women. Beginning in the 19th century, the required educational preparation, particularly for the practice of medicine, increased. This tended to prevent many young women, who married early and bore many children, from entering professional careers. Although home nursing was ...

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