A number of events that have taken place during several periods of American history—the 19th-century women’s movement, suffrage, social feminism, the Progressive Movement, the women’s movement of the 1960s—have heightened women’s expectations about choices. Such expectations have led us to believe that we can study for and be successful in those professions and vocations that have been labeled “for men only,” or that we could be comfortable about focusing our time and attention on homemaking and childrearing, or that we could do both. We had options! But we also met with barriers. Sometimes these barriers were external to ourselves (e. g., discrimination against women in education and the workplace); in other instances, they may be rooted in our individual makeups.
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