With just about 13 million Americans unemployed, many struggled to find a place to live and to maintain a healthy family. As men lost their jobs, many went off to search for somewhere to work, or went off to war leaving many mothers single and abandoned. The women who were abandoned were left to support their children and families alone, which was a dramatic change in lifestyle. However, it was not an easy task for women to find a job as discrimination and sexism was a painful reality. With the fall of the economy and the start of an unfamiliar lifestyle, women definitely had a major contribution in the workforce and economy, but just how impactful was it?
One hundred years ago, women were to stay at home and care for the children. Since women now have a role like only the men used to, they invest time in their jobs just as much as the mean do. In turn, children can feel neglected from lack of attention from their parents because of the energy they put towards their money and economic goals. The assets that people thought would make marriage more fulfilling has actually made it more fragile. The partners in these relationships want the best of both worlds.
Women have a higher proportion of responsibilities of parenting duties in most dual parent homes and control the bulk of domestic tasks in single parent homes (Hoobler et al, 2011). Finding the right balance between commitments at home and work is challenging for women who carry larger portions of caregiver and family responsibilities. Therefore, moving ahead in the workplace hierarchy may be additionally difficult for women, as they attempt to undertake the needs of both their family and job (Wirth, 2001). Due to women’s domestic responsibilities at home it is commonly inferred that they will therefore have a smaller amount of time to dedicate to their career. As a result, women will fall flat of becoming the model employee, according to the way the working culture is organized; staying late at work, coming in early and devoting oneself to the company (Hoobler et al, 2011).
Poverty was almost like a curse given to Rosa Vargas by her husband, who “left without even leaving a dollar for bologna or a note explaining how come” (29). Many women today with young children are forced to take care of their families as single mothers without the support of the father. These women are often too busy taking care of the children to find a job. The fact that Rosa is a Hispanic affects her ability to find a job as well. Even if she did have the time, her ethnicity and gender would be cause for discrimination.
This causes them to get minimum wage jobs with then contributes to the rising poverty levels because these women cannot look after their family effectively (Cohen, MacCartney, 2004: 184). Many women, mainly black women do not get married due to the lack of men that are eligible for married. Many black men are declared ineligible for marriage because they are unreliable and a vast number of them are getting
Women did not want to be stigmatised and they relied on their partner financially, most of the time they went back to their husband. This was found in a study by Dobash and Dobash. It is believed that society forces a woman to stay in a violent relationship as well as her husband, this is done by making her think that know one cares about her and she will have nowhere to live. There are criticisms of radical feminist theory, these are; it over stresses domestic violence within family life. It believes that women are powerless and men are powefull.
The vast majority of people living with HIV are in low- and middle-income countries. It is happening in those countries because women there have fewer opportunities for health education, unequal power in sexual partnership, or as a result of gender-based violence. Maternal health is also an issue of specific concern. In many countries, women have limited access to prenatal and infant care, and are more likely to experience complications during pregnancy and childbirth. This is a critical concern in countries where are girls sold off to be married to stranger by their parents for money.
Economic Dependency on Man and Lack of Confidence : Economic independency is the prerequisite for the empowerment of the women. In India only few percentage of women is engage in earning activities. The most of Indian women is very much economically dependent on men which hinder their empowerment. Indian society is male dominated society where female is given secondary importance in all aspect of life. The female is not given much independence and freedom in rural areas of the country.
3.1.1 Financial Problems Financial problems is the most issue that single parents will faced. Single parents will worry about whether the monies are enough or sufficient for their families to meet their daily basic needs. For instance, single mothers had become the breadwinner after the death of their husbands. Therefore, they were forced to shoulder responsibilities of their husbands. This is also caused them more difficult to meet the basic needs of children such as food, clothing, school fees as well as personal expense.
One of the most important negative effects of cohabitation is regarding the well-being of the child. The cohabitant, especially the woman would also bear the impact. Last but not least, the impact will infiltrate into the society at large. Effect on Cohabitants Many studies show that physical abuses are more common and severe among cohabitants compared to married couples (Waite 1999/2000) . Those who cohabit before marriage have unhappier marriages and their depression rates are more than three times than those who married (Waite 1999/2000).