Charolette Perkins Gilman wrote Women and Economics in an attempt to explain the division of labor between men and women. Gilman explains that women are economically dependent on men and they receive their status from their husbands rather than their own personal labor. This idea shows the contradiction that men and women are equal in society when they actually are not because women do not get wages for their work in the home as they do a substantial amount of housework. A woman must spend the majority of her time attempting to find a man to support her and care for her rather than furthering her education and contributing to society. Daughters are raised to become the type of woman that a man would want to marry and are told, ” marry a rich man so you wont have to work”. Similarly through Marx theory, it is explained that bourgeois women are priviledged because of their economic status. Instead of men and women having equal roles in a marriage which is what we see today, women are considered inferior to men and incapable of anything other than child-bearing and household duties. These duties would never be performed by men because they are of such high status and their abilities would be lowered and their gender roles would be compromised.
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