When examining the course of history from the 1950s to today it is evident that women made the most progress in attaining individual autonomy equal to that men in their sexual lives (sexuality) and least of a progress when it comes to family life. There are four main sub-topics that regarding women's life that have led to this conclusion and they are family life, including marriage/divorce, and child care; work life; political life (including legal rights); and sexuality and reproduction.
"Marriage and the family are the roots of women's oppression" (Women's America, 291). The suburban wife felt alone and was afraid to ask if there was more to life than taking care of the children, shopping for groceries, sponsoring boy scouts and making
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But it was later on that women started questioning whether they were truly happy within the home. If being the perfect wife and the perfect mother was truly enough for them. Should she not be present anywhere else beside the home? To this day in the 2000s women are still looked at as if they are supposed to stay within the home. While it is more acceptable for them to have careers and do any type of other jobs, many men still look at them as not being a perfect woman if she still does not go home aft work to cook for her husband and clean for her children. But the question tied into this is does it make a man any less manly to have to help out with the cleaning of the house.
If the modern woman decides to have the career she's always wanted and is willing to give up the idea of a husband, children, and the idea of building a home together as a family, she is looked down upon. It is acceptable for her to have this career and this job as long as she can intertwine traditional values. So long as she can do as both society and what her husband asks of her. This gets into the idea of the "double standard" because it is totally, one hundred percent acceptable for her male counterpart to deviate from traditional values of having a wife and having children. There would be no stigma associated with a male deciding to start a family later on in life or to not start up a family at at.
In regards to child care,