Outline and evaluate that patterns of gender inequality are changing in the contemporary UK.
Charles found that in 2002, women spent less time in the home and saw their mother less frequently, this means that they do work outside of the home. Innes and Scott found that most women did significantly more housework than males, suggesting that roles have not changed much. Gatrell found that employers do not fully value mothers and do not support fathers either. This shows that the workplace is unfair towards women as they may have the same qualifications as a man, but not the job because they have to priorities their family and not the job.
Gatrell 2004 also found that the main responsibility for domestic work in the home becomes females when children are born, even if there had been equity before the birth. Women are also known to play a triple shift; they do the domestic work, childcare and paid work. Charles 2005 goes on to explain that in 2002, a significant 30% of women were in work that had a higher income and status than their partners. This suggests that there is more equality in gender as employers are willing to hire women for good jobs. Edgell 1980 found that men made the important decisions within the household, for example where the family lives and women would make domestic factors, such as decorations.
In both public and private domains there are social differences between men and women, many of which become social inequality. One main place of inequality is the workplace. In the 1970s the equal pay Act made it illegal to pay men and women differently for the same job. Also the introduction of the sex discrimination Act in 1975 made it illegal to discriminate against an applicant based on their sex. More recently legislation has increased women’s statutory rights to maternity leave from 14 weeks to 18 weeks, and men have a right to 2 weeks paid paternity leave. This shows that there are changes towards equality wit in the workplace....
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