This paper stresses that women comprise the preponderance of single parent households and the rate at which they have entered the work force has grown. The proportion of female-headed households has also increased in many developing countries.
This report makes a conclusion that from the beginning of recorded human society, tasks pertaining to care of the family were considered woman’s responsibility. In recent times, economic and social behavior patterns have questioned specific gender roles at home and in the workplace. This is an important aspect of wage differentials between men and women. Even if women were paid the on the same scale as men and were afforded equal opportunities to advance within a corporation, they still would be expected to care for the household and everyone in it. Modifying social attitudes concerning the separation of duties at work and at home is essential if women are to gain full equality. Generally speaking, men have recently begun to share some of the home duties, but this must become a truly equal share for there to be any chance of true equality. If not, the old stereotypes will persist and women will continue to be second-class citizens in jobs where they perform at or above the level of their male counterparts. Persistence is the key. Those who complain about glass ceilings should keep in mind that glass can be shattered if one strikes it hard enough and long enough.