Gender Inequality By Janell Fetterolf And Laurie Rudman Essay

825 Words Apr 26th, 2016 4 Pages
America has made great strides in achieving equality between men and women. Women have greater opportunity than in the past such as obtaining higher education and better career prospects. However, one area of gender inequality that could be improved is domestic labor. The study by Janell Fetterolf and Laurie Rudman explores the relationship of a person’s income relative to their spouse and domestic labor. Before doing the research, Fetterolf and Rudman had six hypotheses. The first hypothesis is that woman would report doing more housework and men would report doing less regardless of their income. The second one states that as a person’s relative income to his or her spouse increased that person would report doing less housework. The third hypothesis is if a particular family supported traditional gender roles, the woman would do more housework and childcare than the man. The fourth hypothesis says that as a person’s relative income increased, if that person was a woman, endorsement of traditional gender roles would decrease. If that person was a man, then his endorsement would increase. The fifth hypothesis is about entitlement. In a traditional gender role approach, the men would feel more entitled to do less domestic labor than their spouse. In addition, for both genders, the more a person makes relative to his or her spouse, the more entitled that person feels with regards to doing less domestic labor. Lastly, the sixth hypothesis states that support for traditional…

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