A Woman's Identity

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A Woman's Identity

Women lose their identity as soon as they get married and begin a family. Every little girl dreams of getting married and raising a family, because this is what women are taught to seek at an early age. When a woman achieves this goal, she loses her identity due to the many roles that she is now forced to play. Once married, a woman is expected to be a mother, nurturer, housekeeper, teacher, doctor, cook, chauffeur, and more increasingly, a career woman. Women are forced to carry out these roles because of society's traditional view of the role women should play, and young women are pressured to follow in their mother's footsteps. Because a woman's life revolves around her children and husband, her responsibilities are never far from thought. Consequently, women lose their identity because they are so caught up in being a wife and mother that they no longer have time to pursue their own desires and goals.

Women are increasingly becoming career women, while raising a family at the same time. Despite the fact that women have the job of raising their family, many women also have full time careers because the extra income is often needed in the family. Some men criticize women for trying to act too much like men, but women are being forced by society to move between the traditional definitions of male and female roles, because of the many different tasks they have to carry out from day to day. For example, in order for women to enter the "male" world of work, they have to obtain "masculine" traits and leave their "feminine" traits at home.

Bearing children is expected in today's society, because nurturing and child care are viewed as feminine traits. Women are conditioned at a young age to believe that once they are adults they will become mothers. If a middle aged, married woman doesn't have any children, people often assume that there is a biological reason for her lack of children. Motherhood is expected by society, but...
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