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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 workforce. 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 families" (Bonvillain, 192). However...

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