Changing Roles of Men and Women in Families in Britain over the Past Half Century

Two important circumstances have made female emancipation possible.&nbsp. Firstly, as works of female authors started to get published, societies got exposed to the feminine perspective on various subjects.&nbsp. Secondly, events such as the Second World War had radically altered women’s roles by bringing them out of their homes and into factories. The women suffragette movement that took place in the early decades of the 20th century and the Women’s rights movement of the 1960s were also instrumental in bringing about substantial change in the status and role of women (Allan &amp. Crow, 2001, p.21). These changes were not restricted to Britain, but have occurred simultaneously in many countries, especially in the West. While the role of women has seen remarkable change over the last half-century, the same cannot be said of the role of men. Some of the specific areas where gender roles in Britain have morphed over the recent decades are discussed in this essay.
There is no doubt that women have steadily taken a prominent role in the workplace and that their participation in it has increased gradually over the last five decades. Half a century back men were deemed the sole bread-winners for their families and women were confined to domestic work and bringing up children (Morgan, 1990, p.15). But today’s Britain is a far cry from what was the case in the 1960s. Since the circumstances of the Second World War forced women into taking up roles that were conventionally restricted to men, there has been no looking back in terms of their economic independence (Davies, 2004, p. 260). Previously, women had to put up with abusive husbands due to their economic dependency on the latter. But as more women became financially independent, their freedoms in regard to interpersonal relationships also grew. It should be remembered though, that despite possessing equal professional qualifications, work experience and skillsets, most women tend to get paid less than their husbands (Walters &amp. Avotri, 1999).&nbsp.