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Layla Fijany Sociology 1: Pink Professor O’Dell 18 August 2010 Gender Stratification In recent decades, women have been slowly immersing themselves in the US workforce which was previously male dominated. Traditionally, married women were stay at homes moms and would complete all the chores in the house and talk care of her children. It was common for women at that time to solely run her household, while her husband would be out working to bring in the money. I am conducting research to see if couples today still resemble traditional roles. In my research of ten couples, it is evident that couples still display characteristics of traditional roles, which supports Hochschild’s Second Shift and Bernard’s “his and her marriages.” I conducted my research on 10 different couples, five women and five men. I was open to either a cohabiting or married couple, but because of availability, my research only includes married couples. A cohabiting couple would be two individual of either sex who live together but are not legally married. My definition of a married couple would be two individuals, male(s) or female(s), who live together and are legally married by the state that they reside in. The couples did not have to be male and female only, as I was open to gay and lesbian couples also. The age of my respondents ranged from 56 to 40 years old. Most of my respondents were Iranian, but I also had a few Caucasian, Japanese, and Indian respondents. Most of the respondents work outside their home with very few not working at all. The people I picked to interview were people who I could easily ask. Many of the respondents are family members and family friends.
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This was not a random sample because I could only interview people who were married or cohabiting with another individual, and I could not interview 2 people from the same couple. I conducted most of my interviews over the phone, with several in-person interviews. I asked my respondents general questions about housework and chores, varying from cooking, cleaning and taking care of children. The questions were not open ended, as they had to choose if primarily the male or female does the task, if it is equally shared, or if it does not apply. Although many tasks could be seen as dominated by one gender, there were several chores that varied. The chores done primarily by the females were cooking, laundry helping the child with their homework, comforting/taking care of the child, and missing work the child. All but one couple had children. All the females would stay home if their child were sick, except in one couple where the man would stay home from work. Most of the couples did not mow the lawn themselves (or did not have one), except one male respondent who mowed it himself. Half
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