Societies have always had traditional ways of life, such as, gender roles, celebrations, religions, educations, etc. Gender roles vary in different countries all around the world from relative status, labor, marriage, inheritance and socialization such as education and child care. As the years go by traditions begin to change, and people alter their ways of life. A wide variety of things are now more accepted in today’s time. Traditionally in the United States women are the nurtures and men are the money makers. Recently with times changing women are beginning to work outside of the home, put their careers first, and then begin a family. Men are beginning to stay at home more and be Mr. Mom. In countries around the world such as Cuba and Russia, the gender roles may be exactly the same or complete opposite.
Men and women are often stereotyped by the everyday society. Men cannot cook, fold clothes, clean the house, or even take proper care of the children. Women are stereotyped as bad drivers, followers, and unable to manage finances. Stereotypes have been around since the beginning of time and manage to stick now matter how much the roles have reversed.
In Russia “society was structured around gender divisions of labor and authority” (Ember 1862). Women who are newlyweds are known to be submissive to their spouse until they have children, and one being a son. The son(s) will eventually take the mothers place and work side by side with their father. Females grew up knowing that they would join the men in “previously male only” (Ember 1862) jobs. Jobs range from construction, running machines, running and laying down roads and railroads. Women who were “free” had the option to take up a job in nurseries and daycares.
Women’s’ careers began to rise in the medical field, engineering, and science fields. Although women would work outside of the home they still had the responsibility of household chores. Women never received the credit they deserved. They have equal employment as men, but still faced discrimination. By the 1980’s over 50 percent of women students had higher education. As unemployment decreased in the 1990’s women began to be laid off, or fired from these life long careers they have perceived. Women begin the era of being classified as stay at home moms. Men who were successful allowed women to stay at home. Women who had to have a job for financial reasons had a very tough time finding work. Women often turned to prostitution for money, escape poverty or abusive husbands.
In Russia, citizens believe the only reason for marriage is the romantic love aspect. “Contemporary practice also highlights more pragmatic and cynical aspects of marital relationships, such as improving one’s economic status or housing prospects” (Ember 1863). People generally tend to meet partners at school, work, and clubs. Premarital sex is accepted; therefore premarital unplanned pregnancies are not uncommon. Marriage often occurs...