‘Part of my brain is still conditioned that it’s my place to do the housework, to cook, to clean and all that, because I saw my mummy doing that-even though I’m working full time, and sometimes you’re stretched to do the things at home.’
Through this theme you can investigate family life (in all its many forms) and the gender roles of women. Explore the tensions of family and work life through the lived experiences of women. Reflect on roles within the family which are defined by gendered expectations or the historic legacy of assumed gender roles and find archival materials which challenge those ‘assumed’ or ‘expected’ roles.
Gender equality has been, and still is, a focus for lawmakers, activists, politicians, and community workers. Questions still arise around what has been achieved and what needs to change, with women feeling equality has been a long-fought but continuing battle. Explore unique archives of individuals and organisations who have sought to further the cause of equality and share the great insights into this fascinating area of women’s history through the oral histories captured.