A Policy Agenda for the Sex-Role Revolution

  • Barbara R. Bergmann


As the revolution in sex-roles proceeds, it becomes more and more obvious that many of the policies, institutions, attitudes, and habits that belong to the old regime are out of place in the new. Whatever purpose they formerly served, under current conditions they create hardships and injustices. Reserving the best jobs for men is an example of a habit that does not accord with today’s notions of fairness, nor with the needs of the many women who are supporting children without the help of a man. The age-old custom that men are waited on by women within the family and take little or no part in providing household services has to be changed if women are to have lives as comfortable and enjoyable as those of men.


Child Care Single Mother Policy Agendum Child Support Equal Employment Opportunity Commission 
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  1. 3.
    See Irwin Garfinkel, Assuring Child Support: An Extension of Social Security (New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 1992).Google Scholar
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    See Suzanne W. Helburn and Barbara R. Bergmann, America’s Child Care Problem: The Way Out (New York: Palgrave, 2002).Google Scholar

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