Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Housewife and parent...roles we still value?


Reading the Plowden Report from 1967 for my literature review, I'm intrigued that several members of advisory council describe themselves as "housewife and parent".

I wonder, would anyone choose that description today for their formal as a committee member?

It made me think about how much we value job titles and roles now; in the 60s it seems that it was possible to claim one's worth in other ways.

The report, by the way, is scathing about childcare for working parents: “some mothers who are not obliged to work may work full-time, regardless of their children’s welfare. It is no business of the educational service to encourage these mothers to do so”.

Ouch.