Household economics and class (responses)

Response paper: Changes in household economies. Household economies, income and level have changed a great deal over time. Since the problem of feminine mystique has been put to serious considerations and taking into account the fact that there is interdependence between man and wife in an economic capacity, it is right to say that there are evident changes in household economies, class and income.
Alexandria maintains that times have changed and women can now afford the luxury of going to work in a factory. They therefore can have an earning which subsidizes the husband’s earnings or, keep her and her children living in the event she is a single parent. The working woman can easily do her maternity and baby care with much less struggle and depression.
Feminine mystique was one time a big barrier in the improvement of class and income in the sense that many women were convinced to accept their position as it was. Now, most women have little to worry about when worrying about their places in the society. This proves to be a major breakthrough in the household economies since the woman can now serve in the capacity of the husband and can be a major force in the decision making process of the family. Friedan proposes that for the society to erode the feminine mystique even further, women should be exposed to an educational program that benefits the women satisfactorily. (Friedan 271)
Women who initially were not free to discuss any issues far from their house, husbands and kids can now freely discuss other issues. The media can advise families on tips of “ How to make your marriage happier” and books have since been published addressing similar issues. In comparison to the early and mid 18th century when any attempts by women to speak out were strongly discouraged by the experts, now, the women are free to dialogue. This proves that they have attracted attention and thus, respect. Respect comes with class. It is therefore true that household economies, income and class have changed with time.
Work cited
Friedan, Betty. The feminine mystique. New York: Norton, 2001. Print.