Arlie Hochschild The Second Shift Analysis

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In Arlie Hochschild’s “The Second Shift: Working Families and the Revolution at Home,” she explains what exactly the Second Shift was and its effects on the average American woman. How Hochschild explained, the second shift was another way of describing the labor performed at home in addition to the paid work performed in the formal setting. This was not a major issue, before the Women’s rights movement, because it was expected of the women to take care of the home and children, however, as women became more and more involved in the working world, the expectation for them to work at home or take a “second shift” did not change. Women were still expected to take care of the cleaning, the appointments, the children, and several other things that are meant to keep up the home. Policies are in dire need to be created to alleviate the stress placed on the working women. Hochschild brought up several examples of ways to better equal out the work done by both men and women. While not all the suggestions would be able to work out in the way she predicted, many would alleviate the problems women have to this day. Such as the meal-preparation centers, which would allow for families to not have to bicker or fight on who makes the dinner with premade food that can be picked up. Meals would already be prepared for the parents to pick up after work. The food would…show more content…
Women are expected to be the caretakers and the maids for the home. Any deviation from these roles are seen as unusual and are treated differently because of it. Even if the women do have careers that are as hard and tedious as their male counterparts they are expected. If we the second shift is to be less burdensome for women, first we must rid ourselves of the ridiculous expectations placed on
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