Motherhood In Canada

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The twentieth century was a difficult time for most people in Canada. Women, mothers in particular, worked extremely hard during the twentieth century to overcome many obstacles. Motherhood in the twentieth century was constantly changing, household duties, childcare responsibilities, and sometimes a job outside the home. Most mothers felt pressured into following the expectations that the community around them had set to be the norm. Motherhood was a rewarding, but challenging job. Mothers felt the need to perserver and overcome the stereotypical expectations of what motherhood was meant to be. They strived to find their place in the work force and maintain a balanced family life as well. Women along with other feminists made changes throughout…show more content…
“It is often assumed that the employment of women in the labour force during World War Two greatly advanced the emancipation of women, at least in the sense of women’s struggle to achieve equal status with men in Canadian society” (Pierson 22). During the War, mothers were able to show that they were also very capable of working outside the home, and still could care for their children, essentially maintaining a double day. “Even when women could find work, domestic labour did constitute a second work day separate from a job. The concept of a double day, developed by the contemporary feminists to explain women’s workload in society” (154 Bradbury). In 1945, post-war the majority of the wartime child care and nursery’s closed. With the closing of child care, this meant that the mothers who were working had to stop if they did not have other childcare available (56 #6). Most women wanted the child care facilities to remain open so they could continue to work and have their pay cheques, and help support their families. Society would suggest that working mothers were neglecting their children, even though some families needed both incomes. For example, if the husband became injured or the family acquired debt, mothers had to remain in the workforce. Post-war attitudes towards women working in the workforce had improved, and slowly many mothers were willing to seek…show more content…
Feminist enabled women and mothers to fight for their rights, especially in regard to employment. Throughout war time, attitudes towards mothers working, began to improve. More women including mothers were accepted into some aspect of the work force which assisted them in better paying jobs. Progress was made for working mothers during the end of the twentieth century. Attitudes and exceptions of the public changed dramatically for the better, mothers were recognized for their detected work they preformed at home and in the work place. Women proved their strength, willpower and determination to overcome the attitudes and expectations of the public, family members and their future

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