Modernization refers to the transition of societies from agricultural days
             to hi-tech world of today where technology and knowledge have replaced
             manual labor. Modernization has brought many benefits to the western
             countries especially to the status and condition of women in wealthier
             nations. women who were once kept out of the workforce have now become an
             integral part of it and have reshaped the demographic make-up of western
             With more job opportunities, they have also seen a significant improvement
             in their living standard, education, power, social and financial status and
             their overall worth. on the other hand, modernization, which should have
             also proved beneficial to the third world countries, has not been able to
             deliver its promise to poorer nations. for one, third world countries did
             not have enough resources to modernize all their sectors so technology is
             still in its infancy in these countries. secondly, even where modernization
             has been introduced, it has only resulted in even lower living standard
             for many people especially women of these countries.
             In wealthier nations, women had been given equal access to education a long
             time ago. so when modernization came and changed the face of the world,
             women benefited since they were ready for the change and were willing to
             accept it. they were in an already 'ready and fit' mode and thus as soon as
             technology took over and more brains were needed, women jumped in and
             cashed in on the new demand for intelligent workforce. However this was not
             the case with women in third world countries. Most of them were illiterate
             and many still are. they were not ready for change and in fact were playing
             the role of equal economic contributors before modernization stepped in.
             Most of the women in third world countries were contribution "to their
             households as primary subsistence farmers, producing crops for their

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