Women in the workforce in Ireland Until the 1970’s most Irish women worked in traditional roles as wives and mothers. The situation changed dramatically over the past 40 years and many women now work outside the home. Many women are choosing to have careers instead of working in the home.
Women in the workforce in IrelandThere are many reasons why things changed;1. From the late 1960’s everyone in Ireland had free secondary education. Boys and girls now had equal access & opportunities to get qualifications and participate in the workforce.2. Gender equality laws have given women equal status with men in the workforce.3. The increase in the cost of living has meant that in many cases both parents now have to work to pay for the house, the car etc.
Women in the workforce in IrelandDespite the changes that haveoccurred, inequalities still exist inthe workplace. For example;1. 3 x more women than men work in part-time jobs.2. Women earn less than men in manufacturing jobs.3. Men occupy most of the higher level positions in the work place.Q. Contrast the salaries of menand women in shown in Fig.11.17
The Irish Workforce What % of Irish workers is made up of; a). Males b). Females? Why do you think less women work outside the home? What % of men work in full- time jobs? Contrast the data shown in the pie charts for men and women. Explain why you think these differences exist.
Difficulties for Women
Women in the Workforce in China Many factory workers in China are women. They are often from poor rural families. They travel to the cities to work in the factories. They work long hours for very poor pay They make things such as toys and clothes which are then exported to countries in Europe, and also to the United States.