The third wave of feminism argues that there must be an understanding of the ways men and women are different. Men and women are biologically different; and thus, have carried out different roles throughout history. Currently, there is a dynamic relationship between gender roles and communication. The U.S. is grounded in a patriarchy. This means that overall, language and decision-making is carried out primarily by men. Those that hold power in society define the gender roles held by men and women. It is the third wave of feminism that suggests society question this power and pre-set gender roles. Gender roles define women as fragile creatures that should stay home, raise the children, take care of the house and submit to men whereas men should work to be able to provide things for the family, fix things around the house when they are broken, and mask emotions of weakness are some examples of gender roles found amongst people today. As the gender roles are learned and passed on to children, the roles reinforce the existence of difference among men and women and the theory of gendered communication.
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As one of the most influential parts of culture, gender roles define how men and women behave and interact with each other. During the 1950s, gender roles dictated that men were the head of the household and the sole provider, while women were expected to be the homemaker who cared for the children. Although women were often encouraged to leave the workforce and start families, some chose to pursue careers and worked in clerical, retail, and factory jobs.
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The nuances and challenges of balancing the competing demands of careers or work and families must “be brought to the centre stage of policy design”, said the report.
The fact that traditional gender roles define women as primary caretakers in the family further complicates matters. Women comprise the vast majority of the unpaid care economy, yet this work goes unaccounted for from an economic perspective and remains undervalued.
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