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Davies, Elizabeth Griffiths (1994) Women's education & careers - the hidden agenda. Research Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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Abstract

Women's liberation, feminism and gender equality are
terms which have been bandied around for decades, yet
have women's roles in society really changed? Where are
the executive business women in Corporate Affairs?
Where are all the female Principals in schools? Why are
girls still opting for subject choices and careers in
only five main areas, such as community services, retail
trade and property? Why are women leaving successful
careers to have children and then opting for lesser
part-time work? Why are women still working in low paid
sex-segregated jobs earning less than their male
counterparts? Why are women choosing to do the majority
of housework? Are the nineties the decade of true
equality? What hidden agenda prevents women from
achieving their potential in education and careers? This study will explore the research on women, their
careers and educational opportunities which reveals that
in Australia's sex-segregated society they are a very
unequal part. It reveals that women's hidden agenda
lies in their dual roles of performing unpaid work in
the home, rearing children and working in salutary low
paid sex-segregated areas of employment.
Society's social construction of gendered roles for
women and men is examined in terms of their being in
direct opposition to one another, with the emphasis of
the private sphere of the home dominating women's lives
and the public sphere of paid work dominating men's
lives. (Connell, 1987, Oakley, 1990, Sampson, 1991, and Maclean, 1992).

Item Type: Thesis (Research Master)
Keywords: Women, Feminism and education, Sexual division of labor, Sex role in the work environment
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Includes bibliographical references (leaves 142-145). Thesis (M.Ed.Stud.)--University of Tasmania, 1994. "Tutor - Clair Hiller. EED - 858 Education project 1"

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