Women have many different roles in society. These roles have been drastically changed from women being homemakers to women taking on jobs extra schooling, and still managing the majority of caring for their families. Research shows that this can be extremely stressful on a woman.
In the 1950’s most women stayed at home and took care of their families. Only about 18.4 million women were working outside the home. In 1950 women made up 29.6% of the work force. In the 1970’s more women started to work. This was the start of the first dual career families, at that time 39% of the work force were women. As of 2001 66 million women are working and make up 46% of the labor force: 73% are women with children younger than 18, 78% have children 6-17 years old, 64.4% have children younger than six years old. In 2000 maintained 12.8 million families representing 17.8% of all families, compared to the 1970’s 5.6 million representing 10.8% of all families at that time. In 2000 78% of women who maintained families were employed.
As women added more roles they acquired more work. In families without children both men and women worked about 60 hours per week. As soon as a child is introduced into the family the total workload increases
Try to keep a good relationship with your fellow employees this really helps to keep the stress level down at work. Do not take a job that you do not like and will cause you to be unhappy. Women have a harder time unwinding physiologically once they are home. Women can"tmt look forward to relaxing in the evening or weekends, either. In the interviews I conducted all women started off with saying "As soon as I walk through the door. All the people I interviewed felt there was no real way to get themselves in a better situation to relive some of their stress. When you arrive things be so chaotic you can take a minute and relax before jumping into housework and the needs of your children. You also need to have a support system because without that it is very difficult to do schooling with children. I have found that no matter if you have the same routine every morning if you do not ask for help or communicate your needs they are not automatically do what you need them to do. Women"tms stress is determined by the interaction of conditions at home and at work, whereas men respond selectively to situations. You should always communicate with your teachers if something is not going right for you and the can assist you in getting your work done. In a family with three or more children women typically spend 90 hours a week in paid and unpaid labor while men only spend 60 hours. (Monique, 2002)Some solutions that I came up with for the home were to have a plan or a routine for when you come home so that things won"tmt so hectic when you arrive.