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Changing attitudes to the roles of men and women by Mind Map: Changing attitudes to the roles of men and women
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Changing attitudes to the roles of men and women

Women were allowed to be local councillors in 1892 and proved they could make a positive impact.

Roles today

More women working than before

Men doing more around the house and helping with the family

Women are getting educated, having a career and then having a family later.

Women are getting married in their early 30s, rather than in their late teens or early 20s as at the start of the 20th century.

Women seen to be in positions of high responsibility (CEOs, Chief Execs, Prime Minister etc.)

Traditional roles

Women stay at home and look after the kids.

Men go out to work and earn a living

In 1900 only 15% of married women went out to work.

Changing roles

1882 Women's Property Act - women can keep their property separate from their husbands

1928 Electoral Reform Act - Women allowed equal voting rights.

1970 Equal Pay Act - women had to be paid the same as men for doing the same job.

1975 Sex Discrimination Act - illegal to discriminate on the basis of gender (or of gender related issues eg pregnancy)


discriminating against people because of their gender

Why attitudes have changed

During WWI and WWII women took on men's roles.

Other countries gave women equal rights

Suffragette movement showed that women were not 2nd class citizens.

Developments in the 1950s and 60s led to the need for more women to work and gain a 2nd income

Women were shown to be equally capable of working and started to be educated to a higher level.