Women's Values in Past, Present and Future
In the early 20’s, things like getting married at an early age while
you were still at your prime, building a family, buying a house with a
“white picket fence” were important.
Then in the 30’s, getting married and having a family was still the
most important thing, but also perhaps becoming a socialite and
presenting a good imaging.
*NOTE: It may be important to note that women were always expected to
‘keep up appearances’ or be perfect and project the right image. At
this point, having a career was relatively not important
In the 60’s is when women started getting out there and looking for
jobs. Although having a family/husband was still important, women
started getting jobs.
However, the jobs they were getting were not like the men’s - they
mostly had jobs like secretaries, teachers, nurses (jobs that have
As time progressed, the importance of having a career and being
independent grew among women.
We definitely saw this in the early ‘80’s with women starting to break
into the business world. The importance of this to women was shown in
movies and music of the ‘80s.
Even in fashion, we started seeing women dressing like men - I.e.
blazers, pants instead of skirts, ties…careers, independence, and
equality became even more important.
During the ‘90’s and up until today, women still find family
important, but they recognize that personal stability, independence,
education and your career are #1.
* NOTE - We see this belief in magazines like Cosmopolitan magazine as
images as successful working women are portrayed.
-women don’t care as much of the image they should portray as much as
in the past - even though the pressure to do so is still there.
-now women look for things like pay equality.
-in the future, I think career will be even more important, in
addition to making money.
-this ambition can, in turn, only be good for the economy because
women will get into the usually male dominated fields that usually pay
the most - women will be able to generate more money for companies.
Past/ Present/ Future opportunities women had/will have (edu./jobs/to
In the past, definitely, women were not expected or encouraged to
continue their education after high school; therefore,...